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CRICKET: Cherwell clubs set for Home Counties update
Cherwell League clubs are set to be brought up to date tonight with the Saracens Hertfordshire League’s clubs' breakaway from the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League (HCPL).
Cherwell chairman Clive Ricks has promised clubs a ‘brief comment’ on the situation at the annual meeting at Bicester & North Oxford CC (7.30pm).
Last week, a meeting of the leading 25 Saracens Hertfordshire League clubs voted 19-5 in favour of forming a Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League.
The league is due to start in 2015, giving those clubs in the HCPL time to resign by July 1, 2014, in accordance with its constitution.
However, the HCPL committee is seeking a swifter conclusion to the matter, having called an extraordinary general meeting for Wednesday, November 13 in which they will seek to remove the Herts clubs from their competition.
HCPL clubs will have the opportunity to vote on a two-part proposal:
A) To formalise the fact that as the Saracens Hertfordshire League have opted to leave the HCPL, they are no longer a ‘Link League’.
B) Change the date by which time the Saracens Hertfordshire League clubs must resign to November 30.
However, the Herts League clubs effectively control their own destiny as to pass any proposal a two-thirds majority is needed and they have 13 of the league’s 30 member clubs.
Indeed the meeting could even be rendered null and void if they were not to turn up as a quorum for an EGM is also two-thirds of the clubs.
At the same time, it’s not clear yet which way the Herts clubs will vote, and, with feelings running high, they could decide to go now. If that scenario arose it would leave the HCPL with the very real prospect of having just 17 clubs next season.
Farnham Royal have already told the HCPL they wish to withdraw as the majority of their first team left at the end of last season, and they don’t have the resources to recruit replacements.
Falkland, who were relegated from Division 2 West, are likely to receive a reprieve.
Next in line are the runners-up from the Cherwell and Thames Valley Leagues – Shipton-under-Wychwood and Finchampstead.
But the Cherwell have already told the HCPL they won’t sacntion any club other than champions Horspath going up for 2014.