Earlier starts, 30-yard fielding circles and leg-side wides have been given a big thumbs-up by Drakes League captains.
But they feel more debate is needed over a new points system following a meeting to consider modernisation proposals at Elland on Wednesday night.
No decisions will be made until the Drakes annual meeting later in the year, but there is plenty of food for thought for players, clubs and league officials before then after a positive collection of ideas on the way forward.
Most thought 1pm starts through the bulk of the season was a good idea, although concerns were expressed about people who work on Saturday mornings, the successful Under 9 tournaments which are run up to lunchtimes and if it would make much difference should clubs be given longer (3hrs 10min) to bowl their 50 overs.
If leg-side wides are brought in, most captains felt it would take longer than three hours per innings, and there was a general split on the best way to administer leg-side wides (a marker line being suggested by Shelley’s Greg Wadsworth as a guide).
A 30-yard fielding circle received pretty much universal approval on a show of hands, although the suggestion bowlers should be limited to a maximum of 15 overs in the League brought several further suggestions.
Many felt 10 overs, in line with the Sykes Cup, was the way to go, although Broad Oak’s Lee Baxter said League clubs may miss out on some quality overseas signings if their involvement is restricted too much.
Shepley’s Danny Glover felt a phased approach would help, with 15 overs for a few years and then 10 per bowler later, giving clubs time to be proactive and prepare.
Captains felt a maximum of five fielders on the leg side was a good idea.
On the points system, most felt it needed to be more simple than the one put forward by the Modernisation Sub-committee of the League, which comprised Roger France, Norman Clee, Craig McCreadie, Ron Tindall and Trevor Atkinson and which has put in a massive amount of work.
Moorlands’ Andrew Walker suggested a bonus system in line with the Bradford League and Aire/Wharfe, where they get 10 points for a win with five batting points and five bowling points also available (one bowling point for each two wickets, one batting point for each 25 runs from 125 to 225).
Others felt a couple of tweaks to the current system would suffice, with an extra batting point for making 75% of the opposition score and an extra point for taking seven wickets.
Broad Oak will host the Fired Up Paddock Shield final against Slaithwaite on Sunday, August 17 (1.00).
The Oddfellows Cup final on Sunday, August 3 (1pm) will be hosted by Kirkheaton against Almondbury Wesleyans.
Kirkheaton will also host the Earnshaw Cup final against Shelley, which has been moved to Sunday August 17 (1.30 start).
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