CRICKET: Herts clubs back breakaway move

A threatened breakaway from the Home Counties Premier League (HCPL) has moved a step closer with Hertfordshire clubs backing a proposal to set up on their own.

In a poll of 24 clubs in HCPL Divisions 1 and 2 East, and Hertfordshire League Division 1, there was a split of 15-5 in favour of a move to quit the Premier League set-up, with four clubs not replying.

If the breakaway goes ahead, it is likely to occur before the 2013 season.

A final decision is expected to be made at a Hertfordshire League meeting next week.

The HCPL are set to discuss the implications of a breakaway tonight.

The ramifications would be huge for Oxfordshire clubs.

Oxford, Thame Town and Shipton-under Wychwood, all of whom were relegated from their HCPL divisons last season, would be reinstated.

Meanwhile, Aston Rowant would be promoted to Division 1, and Horspath, runners-up in the Cherwell League, would be promoted to Divison 2 West.

This would lead to a raft of promotions in the Cherwell, which feeds into the HCPL.

At least two of the four Hertfordshire clubs in HCPL Division 1 are believed to be against a breakaway.

“This is something we must resolve,” said Hertfordshire League chairman Tony Johnstone.

“There is a strong body of opinion that games in the Home Counties are much too long and two expensive, what with the travelling and the cost of providing lunches.”

HCPL chairman Ray Wood was unavailable to comment.

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2:10pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Now hear this says...

where is it written down that these clubs would benefit, or is this an assumption?
Why should relegated clubs get a reprieve shouldn't the ones who finished nearer the top in nthe division below, get a chance and those that went down stay down?
Are these decisions minuted anywhere?
where is it written down that these clubs would benefit, or is this an assumption? Why should relegated clubs get a reprieve shouldn't the ones who finished nearer the top in nthe division below, get a chance and those that went down stay down? Are these decisions minuted anywhere? Now hear this
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2:44pm Tue 6 Nov 12

calypso_cricketer says...

I think it's a pretty irregular situation to be in so I doubt there's a written procedure for it in the league constitution, so it'd be up to the league committee (the people responsible for running the league) to decide on how best to restructure. I would guess the best option, from their point of view, is therefore to minimize the amount of change, not increase it.
I think it's a pretty irregular situation to be in so I doubt there's a written procedure for it in the league constitution, so it'd be up to the league committee (the people responsible for running the league) to decide on how best to restructure. I would guess the best option, from their point of view, is therefore to minimize the amount of change, not increase it. calypso_cricketer
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4:57pm Wed 7 Nov 12

mr_cricket says...

Everyone loves to be a big fish! Well, everyone in Herts anyway.
Everyone loves to be a big fish! Well, everyone in Herts anyway. mr_cricket
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5:07pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Flat one says...

Exactly Mr Cricket - the whole of the eastern feeder to themselves and still never produced one HCPL winning team!
Exactly Mr Cricket - the whole of the eastern feeder to themselves and still never produced one HCPL winning team! Flat one
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3:09pm Thu 8 Nov 12

mr_cricket says...

When the going gets tough.......... Better jump ship and spank all the local sides!
When the going gets tough.......... Better jump ship and spank all the local sides! mr_cricket
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