New GM League to start next season
ORGANISERS of the proposed new Greater Manchester Cricket League say the competition will start next season.
Twenty clubs from a number of different leagues have already signed up to the GMCL.
And officials are expecting more to follow before the June 30 deadline, with leagues and clubs from around the region holding meetings over the next few weeks to decide their futures.
The Lancashire County League – who are in favour of the GMCL – have already issued a statement saying they expect this will be their final season after a host of their clubs gave notice they were moving to the new competition.
“With a good majority of our clubs now declaring their intention to move to the GMCL, it is likely, should the new league attract the requisite numbers to begin competition, that the LCL will no longer provide a competition after 22 years as the Lancashire County League,” said a statement from the league.
Among those to have signed up are Denton, Stretford, Whalley Range, Springhead, Bamford Fieldhouse, Dukinfield, Woodhouses, Prestwich and Denton St Lawrence.
Astley & Tyldesley from the Bolton Association have also joined, along with the Bolton League’s Greenmount.
The North Manchester League were due to meet this week and are expected to join up to the new competition, while the LCL and Bolton League meet in the first week of June.
Clubs in the Central Lancashire League – a competition that pulled out of talks with the GMCL – are also expected to meet over the next few weeks to decide their futures, although the CLL are keen on continuing and extending their own competition.
“We will definitely be starting in 2016,” said Martin Kay, chair of the steering group that has been working on plans for the GMCL.
“There are a lot of clubs and leagues meeting in the next few weeks so we are expecting more clubs to join.”