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  • "Hardly one to ‘cast the first stone’ mate, your own posts are not without spelling errors.

    But before this gets turned into a debate on who is the thicker of the short planks why is it a ridiculous comment that players will leave if a club is relegated? The only recent example of this occurring was 3 years ago when Blackburn Northern were demoted a division and that is exactly what happened, resulting in the club folding before the start of the following season.

    Neither do I see the logic in the idea that less cricket improves standards and think the comparisons between the first class game and the Ribblesdale League are completely irrelevant.

    This decision has left the Ribblesdale League at a crucial crossroads in its history. The proof of the pudding will depend upon the number and quality of other clubs who decide to join and could go either way. Unless a good number of additional clubs can be recruited very quickly I can see some very dark days ahead.
    Finally congratulations to my old mate Chucker on his opening day performance."
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Ribblesdale League votes for expansion

First published in Cricket Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

The Ribblesdale League will have a new look for 2013 after clubs last night voted to expand their competition.

With two new clubs voted in and the possibility of more to follow, the league's expansion will lead to a two-tier top flight in 2014.

A special general meeting took place and the ambitious plans to expand were carried.

Euxton were accepted into the league two months ago and the league committee has also accepted the application of Brooksbottom CC from Summerseat.

There may still be other clubs added but the plan at this stage is for each of the 20 clubs to play each other once in 2013 before the league is split into two divisions for 2014.

There will be more on this story in Monday's Lancashire Telegraph

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