Clough just retain membership

Denholme Clough retained their place in the Towergate Halifax Cricket League by the skin of their teeth last night.

Clough, who have internal problems, were up for re-election at the league AGM at Pellon Club and survived by a vote of 15 to 14.

The league is short of clubs and re-election candidates often get back unanimously but there was also some opposition to the other of last season’s bottom two, Augustinians, with a 20-9 vote in their favour.

All league action will be on Saturdays from the start of the 2013 season. The Halifax League’s traditional Spring Bank Holiday programme was scrapped by a 25-1 margin and the season will be extended by a week with games on Saturday, September 15 next year.

League press officer Geoff Wright said this move reflected the growing difficulty of clubs in raising teams on the bank holiday, mainly due to family reasons.

The majority of league games - apart from those at the start and finish of the season - will continue to begin at 2.0. A move to switch to 1.30 starts throughout the summer was defeated on the casting vote of chairman Anthony Briggs after a show of hands had produced a 15-15 result.

The points system will be unchanged and a proposition to raise fines was also defeated but, in the wake of this year’s floods, league matches can now be called off up to three hours before start times if both captains agree.