League fu­ture more pos­i­tive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Alan Ben­sted

The fu­ture of the Kent Re­gional Cricket League looks to be a lit­tle more cer­tain. As a re­sult of the im­pend­ing re­tire­ment of the chair­man and trea­surer Keith Hem­stalk – and other com­mit­tee mem­bers – del­e­gates from nearly 200 teams at­tended a spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing at the Mer­cure Grant Danes Ho­tel last Wed­nes­day. And they im­me­di­ately agreed it was the clubs’ wish that the league – which has as many as 20 di­vi­sions – should con­tinue. There had been fears that it would be wound up un­less mem­bers re­sponded to Mr Hem­stalk’s plea for vol­un­teers to hold of­fice. He has been chair­man since the league’s in­au­gu­ra­tion. But about 20 in­ti­mated they were will­ing to seek elec­tion once they had more in­for­ma­tion about their prob­a­ble roles and what was ex­pected of them. The of­fi­cers re­quired in­clude chair­man and deputy chair­man, sec­re­tary, minute sec­re­tary, trea­surer, fix­ture and re­sult sec­re­taries, dis­ci­pline of­fi­cer, com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cer, hand­book ed­i­tor and Kent League rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Brian Smith, the present fix­ture sec­re­tary, from Sid­cup CC ex­pressed a wish to be­come chair­man and it was de­cided that prospec­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers should have a get to­gether be­fore the AGM in Novem­ber in the hope they could be nom­i­nated for elec­tion.

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