Walsden set to face crucial league season

THE coming season could be a crucial one for Walsden Cricket Club.

They play in the Central Lancashire League, which is contemplating spitting its complement of 16 clubs into two divisions.

A proposal for two divisions by one of the clubs, Norden, was rejected at the league’s annual meeting in November last year.

But it was agreed to set up a steering committee to look at the possibility of an amended version of the proposal.

The committee has suggested that for a trial period of two years in 2013 and 2014 the league should be divided into two divisions each of eight teams.

There would be promotion and relegation and the clubs in each division would play each other four times, twice at home and twice away.

The committee contacted all the clubs and found that 13 were in favour, two were against and one was undecided.

All the clubs will be notified of the full details and asked to vote on the proposal at a special general meeting to be held on March 2.

The divisions would be chosen from the standings in the league at the end of the coming season.

The divisions would be known as the Premier and the Championship.

Second teams would also have a similar two divisions.

At the end of the 2014 season clubs would decide whether to continue with the scheme or whether to consider a different method.

Walsden’s cricket chairman Alan Stuttard said they would be one of the clubs voting in favour of the scheme - “but only with reservations,” he said.

Walsden would actually be in favour of a different proposition where teams would not play each other as many times.

But he acknowledged that the club felt the way forward would be to split into divisions.

“We think the future lies in two divisions, so we will support it with reservations,” he said.

If the decision had been made to split into two divisions this year, Walsden would have just scraped into the top flight by finishing eighth in the table.

l Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club are anxious to increase fund-raising after the club’s annual meeting heard that it had made a loss of £4,242 during 2011.

It was a significant reversal on a profit £2,397 the previous year.

The meeting was told that the club’s long term investment had dropped since 2008 from £29,847 to £6,172.

Cost-cutting and attempts to bring in more revenue had become increasingly difficult.

Fund-raising had become a critical matter for the club.