Liverpool Echo – It’s been the sort of week for Merseyside’s cricketers to indulge in some imaginative, blue-skies thinking – such as “imagine if there were blue skies”.
- But while the weather may present an immediate problem for Liverpool Gin Liverpool Competition clubs, league chairman John Williams has an eye on solving a more long-term issue – the decline in participation levels.
- “We are concerned with the problems clubs are having in fielding teams at 3rd XI – and sadly, this year, for the first time ever, we’re finding clubs are unable to field teams at 2nd XI level.
- For example, the dual registration scheme – with the Southport and District League last year, and now between Competition clubs below 1st XI level – has allowed those with surplus players to help out those who are struggling.
- “Firstly, we’re looking at ways in which we can shorten the game at the lower reaches of our structure – none of us has found any evidence from clubs that they want 1st XI timed cricket to change, and on a personal level I don’t want that to change.
- “Automatically you think of T20 – I personally wouldn’t want to just introduce T20 cricket on a Saturday per se, but we might make that an offer for some 3rd XIs who’d prefer play in a T20 league, and there may be some clubs who prefer to play the timed games.