Pair bid to join Halifax League

Two clubs have applied to join the Towergate Halifax League for the 2014 season, Cullingworth and Great Horton Chapel.

Cullingworth play in the Craven League and Great Horton Chapel are members of the Bradford Sunday School League.

Halifax League secretary Neil Myers confirmed that both clubs had received clearance from their current leagues 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 tomorrow 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 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.

TODMORDEN CC have signed Sri Lankan all-rounder Geeth Alwis as their pro for 2013.

Alwis - full name Waduthantrige Geeth Rasanga Kumarasiri Alwis - replaces Pakistani Qaiser Abbas, who had two highly-successful years at Centre Vale Park.

The pair appear to have plenty in common, both being slow left arm orthodox bowlers and left handed batsmen.

Alwis is 24 and still trying to catch the attention of Sri Lanka’s national selectors.

In first class cricketin Sri Lanka, he has scored 2776 runs at 36.0 and 94 wickets at 26.5. He has a high score of 219 and is considered a better batsman than a bowler.

Alwis has played in three different leagues in England and spent this summer with Millom CC in the North Lancashire and Cumbria League.