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NCU - JUNIOR CRICKET TASKFORCE
The Task Force was set up by the Cricket Development Directorate to consider the future of junior cricket (below Division 1) and in particular how to encourage adults to continue / resume playing. Other factors to be considered were the failure of teams to fulfil fixtures and a perceived desire for shorter matches in the more junior games.
Membership: A Clement (Director of Cricket Development)
The General Secretary acted as secretary to the group.
The Task Force met on two occasions – 8 July and 3 August 2010. Not all members were present on both occasions but members unable to be present submitted detailed papers outlining their thoughts on progress to date and for outcomes which were considered by the group.
Broad consensus emerged on the following:
1 Top 8 teams in 2.1 45/50
The 50 over playing regulations would only apply to Junior League 1.
This structure takes into account that the playing ability of 3.1 is considered to be stronger than 2.3.
Changes to the proposed structure may be required dependent on competition entries.
It is hoped that clubs will permit the new structure to commence in 2011. This will mean obvious disappointment for some teams gaining promotion under the existing structure – however all league winning teams would receive their trophies at the 2010 Annual Dinner.
Latest Starting Times:
1 1.00pm 12 noon
It is suggested that minimal refreshments need to be supplied by the home club in 30 over matches.
1 Junior Cup (with Division 1 Sections 2 & 3)
It is suggested that the Intermediate, Lindsay and Minor Qualifying Cup be played over 40 overs with the semi-finals and finals over 45 overs.
Tuesday 31 August Carrickfergus CC Clubhouse
Thursday 2 September Shaws Bridge Clubhouse
(All meetings will commence at 7.30pm)
It was hoped to develop a PowerPoint presentation and that Task Force members would present the proposals.