Cricket: Local league revamp to go before Doncaster meeting

Simon Widdup in action for Doncaster Town in last season's ECB Premier League.
Simon Widdup in action for Doncaster Town in last season's ECB Premier League.

The ECB Yorkshire Premier League will hold an open meeting in Doncaster this week to discuss a radical restructuring of the local game.

A proposal to split the league into North and South divisions, and create a new pyramid system of feeder leagues, was backed by the South Yorkshire League earlier this month.

The restructure will be discussed at a meeting at The Holiday Inn in Warmsworth on Tuesday (7pm).

The proposed changes follows a recent survey of players in the county, with the majority expressing a wish to not travel long distances to play cricket.

Talks have been held over the last two months between representatives of the ECB Yorkshire Premier League, Yorkshire CCC, Yorkshire Cricket Board and officers of the main ten leagues in Yorkshire, with a view to revamping competition structure across the county.

In September the ECB Yorkshire Premier Cricket League signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Yorkshire Cricket Board, the YCCC and the YCF to help deliver to help to retain adults playing cricket and to encourage players to play more regularly in teams.

The new league format could be in place for the start of the 2015 season.