Cullingworth to join Halifax League

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The Foster’s Halifax Cricket League will have a new club in 2014 - Cullingworth.

The Craven League outfit were elected by a vote of 17-13 at last night’s April monthly meeting.

However, fellow applicants Great Horton Chapel from the Bradford Sunday School League were rejected by a margin of 21-9.

Both clubs had made presentations at a previous meeting and there was no discussion on the applicants last night, just a vote.

It means the league is likely to have 31 clubs for its 101st season with 12 in the Premier, eight in Division One and 11 in Division Two.

Press officer Geoff Wright said league officials were surprised at the difference in the votes and would be canvassing opinion as to why clubs had rejected Great Horton.

Meanwhile, league chiefs have revealed that they will not be re-arranging fixtures should there be a repeat of last year’s floods.

Officials switched matches to the grounds of away sides, and sometimes to the following day, when it was obvious some clubs would not be able to play.

However, their efforts ran into problems, notably when SBCI beat flood-hit Copley the day after many other games had been called off due to bad weather.

League bosses decided not to award SBCI the maximum 12 points from that game but Jamie Sykes’s side still won the Premier Division title, overhauling Booth on the final day of the season.

“We will be going by the fixtures in the handbook - we did get a bit of stick from various quarters last year,” said Wright.

The Halifax League’s select team, which will again by managed by Bradshaw’s Wayne Cotton, has been drawn away to the Dales Council in the West Yorkshire Area Knockout Cup.

A date and venue has yet to be decided but the winners will be away to the South Yorkshire League in the semi-finals.

The Halifax League Umpires’ Association will hold its first meeting of the year at Pellon Club next Tuesday (7.45) when handbooks will be distributed.