THE Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League will have a fresh format and brand new League Cup competition next season.
For the first time, the League has been re-arranged into three divisions as the old Conference idea of two sections of equal status has been ditched.
In 2010, the 14-strong Premiership remains the same, but below that will be the Frank Platt Championship and the Cedar Court Conference. It will be a straight two up, two down.
Both will contain eight clubs who will play each other three times, giving them a total of 21 League games per season.
To compensate for the shortfall in League matches, a new Cup, sponsored by The Oddfellows and carrying their title, will be contested between sides from the bottom two divisions.
The first round will be played on Saturday, May 29 (Bank Holiday weekend), with the quarter-finals, semis and final on a Sunday.
The first round will be drawn at the annual meeting in December along with the Romida Sykes Cup and Spectrum Interiors Paddock Shield.
In setting out the guidelines for the new Oddfellows League Cup, the Executive have decided the first round will be concluded on the day, either with reduced overs or even a bowl-out to beat bad weather, so as not to incur fixture congestion.
The final will be played at a ground of the one of the finalists.
A similar competition will run among the second teams, although a sponsor has still to be found for their knockout.
Drakes matches will start on April 17 next year.
Clayton West, who were ajudged to have been guilty of playing an ineligible player for the last nine games of the season, not only had the points taken off them which they had accrued while he was playing, but last night were further hit by a six-point penalty for each offence, leaving them on minus 31 points.
They had already been relegated from the Premiership, so the points deduction had no real relevance, but they were also fined £50 for breaking League rules.
Shepley were awarded both the Hopkinson (1st XI) and Schweppes Trophies for the best record over the last six matches.
Delph & Dobcross
FRANK PLATT CHAMPIONSHIP
CEDAR COURT CONFERENCE