Mulgrave voted into Derwent Valley League at AGM

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Former Eskdale League team Mulgrave have joined the Derwent Valley League, after being voted in at the league’s annual general meeting at Ayton Sports Association tonight.

Less than a week after being refused entry to the Readers Scarborough Beckett League, the Derwent Valley League clubs followed their committee’s recommendation and allowed Mulgrave to go straight into division A.

The club, who are based at Lyth, Whitby, became frustrated towards the end of last season in the Eskdale League, as they were left without a game in August due to opposing teams crying off, so they decided to move league.

The other new team in the league are Hospitals/Rugby Club, who will play their games at Scarborough RUFC’s Silver Royd headquarters subject to a pitch inspection by the ECB. Hospitals were relegated from division C of the Beckett League in 2012.

The league secretary Bernard Goulding announced at the meeting that a new registration secretary, Karen Maw, would now be in charge of all registrations for teams in the Derwent Valley, Readers Beckett, AndyHire Evening and Greenwood Hire Derwent Valley Junior Leagues.

The only rule change on the agenda, altering the existing rule regarding inclement weather from a continuous interruption of 30 minutes to now become 60 minutes as either continuous or in total throughout the game before the fixture is abandoned, was unanimously voted in.

Goulding also announced that the Scarborough & District Cricket Development Group’s John Green was helping to organise an umpires course for Sundays March 10 and 17, 11.30am to 4.15pm, at Scarborough Cricket Club.

This two-day course was aimed to help educate players and officials of clubs how to correctly umpire the games in the Derwent Valley League.

The Ryedale & District Development Group, which includes the likes of Heslerton, Malton & Old Malton and Pickering, will hold their AGM on Monday February 4, at Malton & Old Malton CC, 7.15pm start