Changes proposed for NCU
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
THE annual meeting of the Northern Cricket Union will be held on Wednesday December 2 when clubs will vote on proposals to restructure the leagues for the 2022 season.
It is expected that a 10-team Premier League – up from the current eight teams - will be the way forward but planning has begun for a 14-match programme of 50 overs matches next season, in the hope that some sort of normality will have returned.
This year the Premier League was replaced by the Robinson Services Cup when the eight Premier League teams played each other once, the T20 Cup went ahead along normal lines but the Challenge Cup was not held for the first time since 1945 because all club competitions were restricted to 20-over games.
This week’s NCU board meeting accepted that the T20 competitions were a ‘big hit’ with spectators but everyone said it was essential to return to 50-over cricket as soon as possible, if only for the development of young cricketers.
Clubs will be invited to forward proposals this month to be considered at the AGM and while only one person per club will be invited to take part in the Zoom meeting, votes will still be weighted to ensure clubs with four teams will have four votes while clubs while two teams will have two votes.
Roger Bell of Carrickfergus will take over the presidency at the meeting and the new vice president will also be confirmed.
In anticipation of a full season, two Premier League sides have already announced an overseas professional for next summer with Jacques Snyman returning to Carrickfergus and Waringstown have signed former Civil Service North professional Andre Malan.