Union Administrator David Bradley has been a busy man over the past few weeks as he tries to unravel a new format for the region's Qualifying Leagues.

Uncertainty over the number of competing teams has been a major issue over the last few years however the Union can't be faulted for trying something new this time around.

"There is good news and bad news" explained David "particularly in relation to Q3.

"For the first time the North West will have a women's team competing in this division.

"The team will be made up from the NW regional emerging women's squad and will play six games in over the course of the summer.

"They will play each of the other teams once- away from home-and we will see how that experiment pans out at the end of the season.

"Unfortunately, on the downside, Drummond have been unable to put together a team to compete in Q3 and therefore will have no side compering in the league structure in 2019.

"They will continue with their youth programme this summer and hopefully we will see them back competing in North West cricket in the near future."

"We will continue to monitor the situation in all our leagues as we look for longer term solutions."