Prominent Mewies Solicitors Craven Cricket League club Cullingworth have applied to join the Towergate Halifax Cricket League.
The Wynn Cup holders, who also finished seventh in Division One but whose second team were relegated from Division Three, have been joined in their quest to go west by Bradford Mutual Sunday School Cricket League side Great Horton Church.
Halifax League secretary Neil Myers has confirmed that both clubs had received clearance from their current leagues to make approaches.
The applications will now be put in the hands of the Halifax League’s development committee, chaired by Myers, which must initially decide whether the pair meet the league’s entry criteria.
Committee members have already visited Cullingworth and plan to pay a trip to Great Horton Church, who fielded a team in the Halifax Junior League in 2011, before the onset of winter.
If the applications are considered strong enough to put to a vote of Halifax League members clubs, that would take place in March.
If either or both clubs were successful, that would enable them to give their current league 12 months’ notice of their intention to quit before lining up in the Halifax League in 2014.
Myers said the Halifax League’s stated aim was to have three divisions of 12 teams but clubs had to be of a certain standard both on and off the field.
The league currently has 12 teams in the Premier, eight in Division One and ten in Division Two.
Myers confirmed that last season’s bottom two Augustinians and Denholme Clough had applied for re-election and league officials were not anticipating any clubs folding before the start of the 2013 campaign.