Sussex Cricket League restructure: Timeline of events

West Sussex Invitation League positions 2017 season

West Sussex Invitation League positions 2017 season

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The Sussex Premier Cricket League restructure for the 2017 season has been delayed.

In March we reported how the league was going to be restructured.

West Sussex Invitation League positions 2017 season

West Sussex Invitation League positions 2017 season

The proposed restructure would have seen first and second XI teams facing each other (but not from the same club), and a mixture of timed and limited overs cricket.

Teams would be ranked after promotion and relegation at the end of the 2016 season.

The proposals had been met with mixed reactions and the Exceutive Committee (EC) recently met to discuss the proposals.

SCPL secretary Terry Burstow told us at the time: “The Sussex Cricket Board (now part of Sussex Cricket Ltd) followed this up, in conjunction with the Sussex Premier Cricket League (SPCL) and a further player survey of Sussex players was carried out.

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“From this the main things that were learnt were that players wanted more competitive games. They felt that too many were one-sided.

“They wanted earlier finishes on a Saturday and they wanted an element of win/lose limited overs cricket. In fact there was a fair number of players who wanted to move completely away from timed games and play limited overs cricket exclusively.”

At the beginning of July, the league gave an update on the restructure but this sparked negative reaction from players and clubs who took to social media to voice their concerns.

And after a Special General Meeting was called and concerns were raised by more than 20 of the 40 member clubs, the restructure has been delayed without the SGM having to go ahead.

What are were your views on the proposed restructure? How would it have affected your club? What were your specific concerns? Commenet on our Sport Sussex Facebook page or email sport.sussex@jpress.co.uk

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