DRAKES league clubs are to get a visit from the ECB.
An official from the England and Wales Cricket Board is to attend the August meeting of the full Drakes council.
Neil Edwards will explain new rules on immigaration and regulations governing the signing of overseas players.
The new proceedures, originally to be supervised by the Home Office, come into operation next year and will affect all Drakes League and Arrow Central League clubs.
Club representatives will hear a run-down of the legislation and have the opportunity to ask questions at the meeting on Wednesday August 6, the same night Town play Arsenal at the Galpharm in their centenary celebration match.
Because of the complexity of some of the issues, the meeting will start half an hour earlier than usual at 7pm and at the usual Huddersfield Hotel venue.
Also at the August meeting, clubs will be given a questionnaire about the new ball being used in the Drakes League this season, which has been supplied by Sykes Cup sponsors Romida.
The one-year contract, which has been worth 870 balls to the Brighouse company, comes up for review and officials are keen to gauge opinion before making a decision on whether to continue or to revert to the previously-used Reader balls. Questionnaires will be returned to the league Executive in September for a decision to be made.
Meanwhile, three players have been handed bans for disciplinary indiscretions.
Chris Dennison of Rastrick has been served with a four-match ban, two of those games suspended until the end of next season.
He is suspended for the next two Saturdays (July 5-12 inclusive).
Dennison’s clubmate Nick Marsden received a two-match ban, one game suspended to the end of the 2009 season, and will miss out this Saturday. So, too, will Clayton West’s Rob Kaskievic, who also received a two-match ban with one suspended for a year.
Away umpires are required on Saturday for second XI fixtures by Marsden at Barkisland, Lepton at Delph, Hall Bower at Kexborough, Slaithwaite at Elland, Almondbury at Linthwaite, Holmfirth at Micklehurst and Primrose Hill at Shepley.
On Sunday, for re-arranged second XI matches, Shepley need a home umpire against Scholes while two Umpires Association officials will take charge of Holmfirth v Meltham. Holmfirth need a home umpire for their match against Micklehurst on July 20.
Honley were reminded they must return the Byrom Shield and Johnson Cup before next Wednesday, July 9.
The Drakes League’s White Rose Trophy Under 21 side will play their home semi-final against the North Yorkshire/South Durham League at Marsden on July 13 (1.30).
England were set to resist naming batting cover for captain Michael Vaughan when revealing the squad for the first Test against South Africa.
Vaughan, 33, is struggling with an injury to his right knee.