Posted on 18th October 2019 at 13:31
At this Wednesday's AGM at Wakefield Thornes CC, we welcomed SYSCL Champions Appleby Frodingham CC back into our League, along with Cawthorne CC who will join us for the first time in 2020. Liz Lazenby and Andrew Tipple were elected onto our committee and the chairman paid tribute to the contribution of Ray Knowles, who recently resigned from the committee. A new Umpires Association representative is still to be confirmed.
Matt Summerhill's proposals for a revamped t20 competition, that includes three group stage days, were agreed by 7-3 with two abstentions.
A proposal to allow the third-placed SYSCL team to be promoted into the YSPL if either of the first two positions was occupied by a second XI, and the third-placed club was within nine points of the second, was defeated by 11 votes to nil with one abstention.
A proposed new overseas rule to allowed teams to register two overseas players, whilst allowing them to play one only in YSPL matches, thus allowing flexibility between the first and second team overseas players, was defeated by eight votes to four.
All other proposed constitution and rule amendments and clarifications were agreed by an overwhelming majority. The changes include the reorganisation of our rules into three sections; constitution, league administrative rules, and league championship rules. The main changes are that:
the constitution now allows for 14 committee members and for the chairman and secretary to be elected by the clubs, rather than, as now, appointed by the management board (although these posts will be subject to ratification by the Board)
league administrative rules may be set and amended by the league committee
there are new rules specifying ground and facilities standards and clarifying actions to be taken in the event of grounds being affected by inclement weather
There was a debate about an outline proposal for a new second XI competition, which was not widely supported, and resulted in an indicative vote of 9-3 against. There will be further discussions with SYSCL on this matter to decide whether to take the idea forward in any format.
The League secretary advised club representatives that:
tickets for the dinner on 8 November should be ordered as soon as possible
Club of the Year assessment forms should be returned as soon as possible
a Safeguarding audit would be carried out in the New Year
they should arrange to clean up their Play-Cricket site and remove any inactive players
compulsory Level 2 scorer training will be provided for all clubs
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