WCL clubs vote against new league system

hsb  John Smith bowling for Kirk Deighton against Kirk Hammerton.  (130706M2a)
hsb John Smith bowling for Kirk Deighton against Kirk Hammerton. (130706M2a)

The Wetherby Cricket League have thrown out proposals to restructure into seven divisions after more than 80 per cent of clubs voted to maintain the current system.

Twenty two clubs voted against a new 10-team division system for next season at a special general meeting last week.

The vote means promotion remains for two clubs per division with the bottom two heading down.

Proposals to change the league into 10-team divisions would have seen more than 30 sides demoted at the season end.

The league wanted to reshuffled the divisions to iron out mis-matches throughout the divisions.

It also planned to incorporate the Sunday Fred Fleetwood and Hare Cup competitions into the Saturday schedule.

But they will both stay on a Sunday with participation optional for clubs.

Zai Ali, WCL chairman, said: “The meeting debated the merits of various proposals and decided by a majority of 22 to five to keep the existing structure.

“The meeting also agreed the Board could, if required, make the one or two changes needed to deal with mismatched teams in two of the divisions.”