Pair bid to join Halifax League

The Towergate Halifax Cricket League has had applications for membership from Craven League side Cullingworth and Bradford Sunday School League side Great Horton Chapel.

Halifax League secretary Neil Myers confirmed that both clubs had received clearance from the leagues they currently play in to make approaches.

The applications will be put in the hands of the Halifax League’s development committee, chaired by Myers, which must initially decide whether the pair meet the league’s entry criteria.

Committee members are to visit Cullingworth on Saturday and plan to pay a trip to Great Horton Chapel, who fielded a team in the Halifax Junior League in 2011, before the onset of winter.

If the applications are considered strong enough to put to a vote of Halifax League members clubs, that would take place in March.

If either or both clubs were successful, that would enable them to give their current league 12 months’ notice of their intention to quit before lining up in the Halifax League in 2014.

Myers said the Halifax League’s stated aim was to have three divisions of 12 teams but clubs had to be of a certain standard both on and off the field.

The league currently has 12 teams in the Premier, eight in Division One and 10 in Division Two.

Myers confirmed that last season’s bottom two Augustinians and Denholme Clough had applied for re-election and league officials were not anticipating any clubs folding before the start of the 2013 campaign.