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  • "Not casting the first stone, just don't like being described as thick as two short planks for making constructive comments.
    Think it was very different with Blackburn Northern, and this possibly had to do with the culture of the players involved with that specific club.
    The logic that less cricket improves standards is surely not that hard to understand. I know lots of players (myself included) who left the Lancashire League because of the demands of double headers. Many Ribblesdale league cricketers only play one game per weekend. Take away the meaningless games and you have a better standard of cricket instead of filling these games with second teamers. It frustrated me as a player how people like yourselves are so dead set against change. Times change, in years gone by children and wives sat patiently all day whilst their husbands played cricket. My children are involved in cricket, football, swimming and dancing all in one weekend. Therefore I, like many others have had to make family decisions. That's why less cricket = better standard.

    The fact is that changes need to be made to stop the 'dark days ahead' coloured clothing, 20/20's, paid amateurs, relegation and promotion are all aspects that need to be considered"
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Ribblesdale League votes for expansion

First published in Whalley CC 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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