Cricket clubs reject cup changes

CLUBS IN the Versasteel Saddleworth and District Cricket League have bowled out a proposal to overhaul the format of the Tanner Cup.

A suggestion, put to the league’s annual meeting to discontinue playing uncompleted ties on midweek nights, was thrown out by clubs.

Some clubs wanted ties in the early rounds determined on the day with bowl outs at the stumps in rain-disrupted games.

The changes were suggested because of the return of the league to a 16-team format which has reduced the number of potential reserve dates.

There were also concerns about clubs having to travel to midweek matches, especially to the three new members Wythenshawe, Whalley Range and South-West Manchester – for ties which run to a number of nights.

League secretary Trevor Harrison said: “The league has returned to a 16-team format for the first time since the 1990’s which means there is less room in the fixture calendar for reserve dates which will only be for the semi-final and final.

“Some clubs were worried about travelling for games continuing on midweek nights. Just look ifFriarmere have to travel to Wythenshawe for example.

“However, the vote at the annual meeting was a clear majority for the format of the Tanner Cup to remain unchanged.”

The major change at the annual meeting concerned the league’s disciplinary procedure with clubs policing themselves.

It is only if the league is unhappy with the disciplinary action clubs take that they will refer a complaint to a newly formed disciplinary panel.

Holders Uppermill have been draw at home to league new boys South-West Manchester in the first round of the 2014 Tanner Cup.

Beaten finalists Moorside are at home to Shaw and all ties will be played on Sunday, May 11.