Life in the Warwickshire Cricket League (WCL) has had a shot in the arm, with striking format changes bringing more competitive games and a 10 per cent increase in players. Consultation involving captains and players at divisional meetings offered clubs the chance to drive the agenda, something WCL chairman Graham Seal feels has been a success.
“Because the changes were explained well in advance, the feedback has been positive. The new structures and changes were driven by the clubs and players, making them part of the decision-making process, which has resulted in a high satisfaction rating. One of the biggest changes has been the adoption of a linear structure for the league’s Premier and 12 divisional league set-up, with first, second and third teams now mixed into a single-ladder league, regionalised at lower levels. The result is a far more competitive landscape. Flexible start times and the introduction of fewer overs have also helped. The lower divisions play shorter games than the top two, which provides the players with a format suitable to their requirements.” Find out more at http://www.warcricket.org