CRICKET: Relegated trio may escape drop

Three Oxfordshire clubs, who suffered relegation in the Home Counties Premier Lea-gue last season, could get a reprieve following a proposal for Hertfordshire teams to quit the competition.

Oxford were relegated from DivisIon 1, while Shipton-under-Wychwood and Thame Town suffered the same fate in Division 2 West and returned to the Cherwell League.

If the proposal goes ahead, Aston Rowant would be promoted to the top flight, while Horspath would return to the feeder league.

The Home Counties consists of Division 1, Division 2 West and Division 2 East, which is exclusively drawn from Hertfordshire League clubs.

Knowing how concerned their clubs were about the cost of travelling and provision of lunches in all-day games following a survey, the Hertfordshire League asked the 14 clubs concerned – four in the Division 1 and ten in Division 2 East – if they wanted to quit the competition in 2014.

When they got wind of this move, the Home Counties Premier League (HCPL) reacted strongly, saying that if the Herts clubs wanted to leave, they should go immediately.

“If everyone knew that Hertfordshire clubs were going to quit in 2014, that would make 2013 a silly season,” said HCPL chairman Ray Wood.

“We didn’t want the uncertainty hanging over us,” he added. “I hope whatever the outcome of the vote, it is decisive one way or another.”

Hertfordshire clubs have until next Wednesday to make their views known to the Hertfordshire League.

Tony Johnson, the Herts League chairman, said that if there was a strong vote in favour of quitting the HCPL, there would be a further meeting in November to formalise the decision.

“If the four clubs in Division 1 vote to stay in, I suspect that the proposal would fail, but there is a strong body of opinion among the clubs against the length and cost of games in the Home Counties, he added.

“If it doesn’t go through now, I suspect it could crop up again in two or three years time.”

Should the Herts clubs quit the HCPL, the four vacancies in Division 1 would be filled by Oxford, who were relegated from the top flight, plus the teams finishing second, third and fourth in Division 2 West –- namely Aston Rowant, Dinton and Falkland.

The four vacancies in Division 2 West would be filled by last season’s relegated clubs Thame and Shipton, plus Horspath and Wokingham, respective runners-up in the Cherwell and Thames Valley Leagues.

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12:14pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Now hear this says...

Hmmmm, lots of questions here.
1. what do the cherwell and Thames valley feel about all of their plans being disrupted?
2. If Herts decide not to go until 2014 will the HCPL have the courage to kick them out so as not to de-value the 2013 season?
3.why should the relegated clubs get a reprieve?
4. Is this an opportunity to reduce costs by getting rid of the lunches?
5. should Oxon and Bucks form their own league?
interesting times ahead gentlemen, strong leadership from all leagues is required.
Hmmmm, lots of questions here. 1. what do the cherwell and Thames valley feel about all of their plans being disrupted? 2. If Herts decide not to go until 2014 will the HCPL have the courage to kick them out so as not to de-value the 2013 season? 3.why should the relegated clubs get a reprieve? 4. Is this an opportunity to reduce costs by getting rid of the lunches? 5. should Oxon and Bucks form their own league? interesting times ahead gentlemen, strong leadership from all leagues is required. Now hear this
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4:47pm Fri 26 Oct 12

calypso_cricketer says...

Now hear this wrote:
Hmmmm, lots of questions here.
1. what do the cherwell and Thames valley feel about all of their plans being disrupted?
2. If Herts decide not to go until 2014 will the HCPL have the courage to kick them out so as not to de-value the 2013 season?
3.why should the relegated clubs get a reprieve?
4. Is this an opportunity to reduce costs by getting rid of the lunches?
5. should Oxon and Bucks form their own league?
interesting times ahead gentlemen, strong leadership from all leagues is required.
1. Not a lot I should think, but being a feeder league that's part of the deal!
2. I hope so
3. Good question - perhaps to minimize the disruption to the feeder leagues raised in point 1.
4. You would hope the HCPCL would survey their remaining member clubs to find out.
5. Wouldn't that just be an extension to the Cherwell? I guess it depends on the motivations of the clubs at the top end of the scale - if you want to play the best cricket you can, you're surely going to have to travel further afield than the local area? Otherwise it's just about being big fishes in small ponds...
[quote][p][bold]Now hear this[/bold] wrote: Hmmmm, lots of questions here. 1. what do the cherwell and Thames valley feel about all of their plans being disrupted? 2. If Herts decide not to go until 2014 will the HCPL have the courage to kick them out so as not to de-value the 2013 season? 3.why should the relegated clubs get a reprieve? 4. Is this an opportunity to reduce costs by getting rid of the lunches? 5. should Oxon and Bucks form their own league? interesting times ahead gentlemen, strong leadership from all leagues is required.[/p][/quote]1. Not a lot I should think, but being a feeder league that's part of the deal! 2. I hope so 3. Good question - perhaps to minimize the disruption to the feeder leagues raised in point 1. 4. You would hope the HCPCL would survey their remaining member clubs to find out. 5. Wouldn't that just be an extension to the Cherwell? I guess it depends on the motivations of the clubs at the top end of the scale - if you want to play the best cricket you can, you're surely going to have to travel further afield than the local area? Otherwise it's just about being big fishes in small ponds... calypso_cricketer
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1:32pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Sunday Offie! says...

whatever happens.. HWCC will win it!
whatever happens.. HWCC will win it! Sunday Offie!
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10:27am Mon 5 Nov 12

Talent Scout says...

any news on this?

Will there be players wanting to stay in the league for clubs to pick up?
any news on this? Will there be players wanting to stay in the league for clubs to pick up? Talent Scout
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1:35pm Mon 5 Nov 12

just outside the v says...

I thought the Herts clubs were meeting last week?
I thought the Herts clubs were meeting last week? just outside the v
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3:59pm Tue 6 Nov 12

calypso_cricketer says...

Talent Scout wrote:
any news on this?

Will there be players wanting to stay in the league for clubs to pick up?
http://www.oxfordmai
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t/othercricket/10028
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[quote][p][bold]Talent Scout[/bold] wrote: any news on this? Will there be players wanting to stay in the league for clubs to pick up?[/p][/quote]http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/sport/cricke t/othercricket/10028 059.CRICKET__Herts_c lubs_back_breakaway_ move/ calypso_cricketer
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4:00pm Tue 6 Nov 12

calypso_cricketer says...

just outside the v wrote:
I thought the Herts clubs were meeting last week?
met yesterday 15-5 vote in favour of pulling out

http://www.oxfordmai
l.co.uk/sport/cricke
t/othercricket/10028
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[quote][p][bold]just outside the v[/bold] wrote: I thought the Herts clubs were meeting last week?[/p][/quote]met yesterday 15-5 vote in favour of pulling out http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/sport/cricke t/othercricket/10028 059.CRICKET__Herts_c lubs_back_breakaway_ move/ calypso_cricketer
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