NW clubs to vote on new proposals
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
NORTH West clubs will this week vote on final proposals which will determine the rules for what they hope will be a full season of cricket next year.
Following feedback from the clubs, the new points system, whereby clubs can field teams worth a maximum of 15 points, looks as if it could get the go-ahead following a few tweaks to the original document, as recommended by club delegates in zoom meetings this week.
Overseas professionals will still be valued at three points but players who came up through the youth ranks and moved on, can return to their home club and count as only one point.
Irish qualified players, coming to the North West from other unions will count as two points but anyone who originally played in the League and moved away, can return and count only one point.
A two thirds majority from clubs will be required for it the points system is to come into effect next year.
The other significant amendment to the original proposals, if passed, will see the new Pro-40 tournament which starts the season played in a round-robin format, rather than knock-out in the second stage.
The feeling from some of the bigger clubs was that with only four Premiership teams in each group, there were not enough ‘big games’ so the top four will play their equivalent in the other section before a league final/
There will also be votes on changes to youth, women's and girls and intermediate cricket and will, independently, need a two thirds majority for them to come in.