DRAKES Huddersfield Cricket League clubs will embark on a new-look Twenty20 tournament this summer.
New League chairman Trevor Atkinson revealed plans for a fresh format towards the end of last season, and the League’s Executive have now rubber-stamped his proposals which will come into force this coming season.
Those involve two separate competitions, the Romida Twenty20 Cup for Premiership clubs, while the Championship and Conference clubs will contest the Romida Twenty20 Plate.
In the first instance, the 14 Premiership teams from last season will be joined by the two promoted Championship clubs – in this instance Clayton West and Hall Bower – who will be drawn into four groups of four, playing each other once.
The top two clubs in each group will then progress to the quarter-finals, semis and the final.
The Plate will involve the remaining 14 clubs who will go into a first round draw of seven games, with the winners being joined by the losing side with the fastest run rate, to make up eight clubs, who subsequently progress into quarter, semi and final matches.
Both finals of the Cup and Plate will then be played on the same ground and on the same day in order to produce an exciting Finals day.
The groupings for the Cup and the draw for the Plate competition will be announced following the February Executive meeting.
Both competitions will get under way in June, although the exact dates have still to be finalised.
The League will celebrate the 2011 season on Friday, when the Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation evening will again be staged at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top.
The chairman of England’s National Cricket Selectors Geoff Miller is the guest speaker, who will be joined by comedian Rudi West for the popular evening.
The event has attracted an almost ‘full house’ after the Executive imposed a limit of 370 in the interests of everyone’s comfort, and guests are reminded that the reception is at 6.15pm with the dinner scheduled for 6.45pm.