Clubs set to vote on League’s restructure

Spen Victorias Alex Leadbeater delivers during Saturdays Championship B clash with Altofts. Turn to page 58.
Spen Victorias Alex Leadbeater delivers during Saturdays Championship B clash with Altofts. Turn to page 58.

The All Rounder Bradford Cricket League could be set for a restructure if proposals set out by the management board are given the green light.

The management board have outlined plans to reorganise divisions below the top flight when they achieve official ECB Premier League status next season.

It is proposed that the current format of Championship A and B will be scrapped for 2017 after concerns were raised that one section was much stronger than the other.

The 12-team Premier League would consist of the top 10 from this season’s Premier Division plus the top team from Championship A and Championship B.

A new second tier, named Championship One, would see the two relegated Premier teams, joined by the next best five teams in Championship A and Championship B.

A third tier, Championship Two, would involve the remaining teams from Championship A and B plus the Conference champions.

One other team will make up Championship Two, which could be the Halifax League champions, who receive an automatic invitation to join the Bradford League at this level.

If the Halifax League champions decline the offer, the remaining place will be offered to the Conference runners-up.

The two Championships would no longer be parallel but instead separate divisions, with promotion and relegation seeing two up and two down from each section.

Brook Walton and Sandal have also been accepted to the Bradford League and will join the Conference in 2017 but Saltaire have opted to resign after over a century with the league and will join the Aire Wharfe League next season, where they will start in Division Three.

The new structure will be voted on by clubs in the near future.