THE Thatcher's Ribblesdale Cricket League and the Bolton Cricket League are in talks about a possible merger.

Both leagues have been in discussions with clubs from the Bolton Cricket League in favour of the move.

Clubs in the Ribblesdale League will vote 'in the near future' before a decision is made.

Bill Slinger, chairman of the Ribblesdale League, said: "The matter has been discussed by the clubs in both leagues as a possible development.

"The Thatcher's Ribblesdale League clubs are discussing the potential merger, the potential format etc, with their membership and we will be looking to have a vote in the near future."

Bolton League clubs recently voted unanimously for a merger.

It is understood Ribblesdale League clubs have until September 19 for their final vote.

Bolton League Secretary Ray Taylor said: "If it goes ahead cricket will be improved for the first teams at all the clubs.

"The leagues are roughly of a similar standard and this should lead to more competitive cricket over two divisions.

"There will be more travelling for the teams, but for the clubs from both leagues half the away matches will be against local opponents.

"Between the members of the Bolton League Executive we have been to most of the grounds in the Ribblesdale League and are generally impressed with the facilities.

"The Bolton League Junior Section has started to make imaginative use of Bank Holidays and School Holidays, and while many of the Ribblesdale League grounds are not easily accessible for evening matches, day games between clubs and players from both leagues are a distinct possibility."