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Dales Council League to stick with April starts
A bid to shift the Dales Council League season to later in the summer has been foiled.
Pudsey Congs wanted the season to start in May and include the majority of September to take advantage of the weather being better then than in April.
However, the proposed rule change failed to get a seconder and will therefore not go forward to the annual meeting at Pudsey Congs on Thursday, November 7.
The theory of the proposed change is fine – the weather in September is better than April – but it falls down in practice.
“It would lead to fixture chaos in September on council grounds,” said league chairman Steve Raistrick, “and there would also be problems with ground maintenance.”
Because some cricket balls used in 2013 have been sub-standard. the league are looking into buying balls on behalf of the clubs.
“We will get back to you at the annual meeting on this,” said Raistrick, “and also on the issue of a player registration system with photographs.”
Teams arriving under 15 minutes before the scheduled start time could find that the opposition have decided to bat or bowl.
A proposed rule change by Cookridge, seconded by Baildon, which will go forward to the annual meeting reads: “If a team is not ready to toss at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time then they shall automatically forfeit that toss and the choice of batting or bowling shall go to the non-offending team.”
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