New GM League to start next sea­son

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET CHRIS OSTICK

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.”

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