Beckett League introduce earlier starts and bowling restrictions

Beckett League AGM
Beckett League AGM

Beckett League clubs voted to start games earlier as well as introduce bowling restrictions at tonight’s Annual General Meeting.

Games in the Beckett League will now get under way at 1.30pm after clubs voted 20-8 in favour of the rule change, rather than the previous start time of 2.15pm.

Bowlers in divisions B and C will now be restricted to 12-over spells, following the Derwent Valley League’s introduction of the rule last season, with clubs voting 23-5 in favour of the league’s proposal.

Players won’t receive individual silverware any longer and instead their clubs will receive payment of £150 for winning the league title and £50 for winning the Cayley Cup.

The Beckett League committee also introduced penalties for teams operating with a slow over rate in divisions A and B.

Any team with an average over rate of 16.99-16 per hour will lose one point, with teams losing two points for a rate of 15.99-15, three points for a rate of 14.99-14 and a maximum of four points if the run rate stands at 13.99-13.

The Beckett League’s financial accounts revealed club fines had increased from £510 in 2012 to more than double that amount at £1,080 for 2013.

League secretary Ashley Winspear is set to stand down ahead of the new season after eight years in his role.

Anybody interested in taking on the role is asked to contact Ashley on 07841725976.

A number of awards were handed out at the start of the meeting with Adam Spaven collecting the John Lockey Memorial Trophy after taking 54 wickets for Premier League champions Heslerton.

The Paul Cooper Memorial Trophies were also dished out by league president Mark Evans, with Scarborough 3rds’ Kieran Howard collecting the batting trophy after notching up 254 runs, with Ebberston 2nds’ Tom Holmes collecting the bowling silverware after taking 25 wickets.

Staithes’ superb score of 19.43/20 secured them the Tubbs & Co Spirit of Cricket Award, with Brompton’s 19.64 enough for them to win the division A equivalent, sponsored by Lullabies Nursary and Townsend Harrison Chartered Accountants.

Wykeham won the Marissa Most Improved Ground Award.

Beckett League AGM 2014 League Constitution:

Premier Division: Ebberston, Flixton 2nds, Filey, Seamer, Kirkbymoorside, Staxton, Forge Valley, Staithes, Cayton, Heslerton.

Division A: Wykeham, Wold Newton, Cloughton, Scalby, Nawton Grange, Grindale, Brompton, Sherburn, Sewerby 2nds, Settrington.

Division B: Staxton 2nds, Ryedale, Forge Valley 2nds, Fylingdales, Scarborough 3rds, Bridlington 2nds, Mulgrave, Cayton 2nds, Ganton, Thornton Dale.

Division C: Wykeham 2nds, Heslerton 2nds, Seamer 2nds, Scalby 2nds, Staithes 2nds, Cloughton 2nds, Ravenscar, Fylingdales 2nds, Ebberston 2nds.