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  • "Not totally against change (still eat marathons and opel fruits though) but some good points made above. My concerns are with the ground facilities, at the moment you have to be up to a certain standard, sightscreens, etc. Not sure what the condition of Burnley Belv and Brinscall are but played at Feni and Stackheads in the past couple of years in the 20/20 and these grounds are clearly not upto senior league standard, are the league going to move the goalposts on this to allow them to play senior league cricket? Can see a merry go round for players aswell, lads playing for their 2nd team will be playing 3rd/4th tier cricket, teams in the senior league div 2 will be asking these lads to play 1st team cricket. Clubs with a pro budget could easliy pay 2 or 3 amatuers from div 1 to play for them in div 2 to gain promotion instead of going on one pro. Certain players won't want to play in Div 2 so go to Div 1 teams. To improve playing standards should revert back to the overseas amatuer rule, 1 per club. Have bowling restrictions give players the chance, not just seeing the pro bowling 23 overs at one end. Make the league more attractive reduce it to 40 overs, earlier start times 1 or 1.15, can have a game complete by half 6. Someone mentioned coloured clothing got go with the times, may get more sponsors interested in the league. Anyway interesting times ahead see where it takes us."
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Ribblesdale League votes for expansion

First published in Baxenden Cricket Club 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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