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New Competition in the Bolton Area

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Following the folding of the Manchester & District Cricket Association, three of the former league's clubs are looking to setup a limited overs competition.

Bolton CC, Bolton Indians CC and Deane & Derby CC have not been able to find an existing league for their teams to compete in for the 2014 season. They have therefore come together to have a limited overs competition for the 2014 season where two 25 overs matches per side will be played on Saturdays between 12:00 - 20:00 on grounds of the above clubs. Some matches could be held on Sundays dependent on ground availability and number of teams participating.

The format of the proposed competition is 5 named players would be allowed to bowl the 25 overs, with no player bowling less than 4 or more than 7 overs. The remaining 6 players including wicket keeper will only be allowed to bat and not bowl. Named bowlers will only be allowed to bat from position 7 onwards.

Competition organisers believe they already have 8 teams committed to participate. Applications from companies, department teams, existing clubs wanting more competition in a different format and individuals will be accepted.

Paul Bryson, LCB's Clubs & Leagues Manager, said: "This new competition is a result of three Bolton based clubs not being able to secure Saturday League Cricket in 2014. The competition gives players who are not already playing the opportunity to play cricket on a Saturday, with the added benefit that it also offers a different format of the game."

Recongnition of relevant teams and players will take place at the end of the competition.

Deadline for registration of teams is 1st April 2014 with a fee of £50. It is intended the competition will begin 26th April.

For further information please contact Shoaib Muqtadir on 07946 580275.


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