Cornwall Cricket League Official Statement Initial Media Statement
Rule 42 Interpretation
Rule 42.3 (Youth Cricket)
In conjunction with the Cornwall Cricket Board the Cornwall Cricket League decided to take further advice as to the interpretation of Rule 42.3, as it is written.
42.3 Youth Cricket
(From the start of the Cricket Season 1 January 2017)
42.3.1 Any Premier League club that did not have an identifiable youth section, with at least three teams (U17 or below, boys or girls), playing inter-club competitive matches* in the previous season should be identified and an action plan put into place to correct this.
42.3.2 Any County Division 1 club that did not have an identifiable youth section, with at least one team (U17 or below, boys or girls), playing inter-club competitive matches* in the previous season should be identified and an action plan put into place to correct this.
42.3.3 Failure to comply with 42.3.1 or 42.3.2 above for a second successive season shall result in that club being relegated with immediate effect.
42.3.4 A club shall not be precluded from gaining promotion into County Division 1 through 42.3.2 above, but the requirement must be met during the following season.
* Qualification: All age-groups to count (i.e. U9 through to U17), boys or girls. Any organised, competitive (including ‘friendly’) matches or festivals to count. 1 day = 1 fixture, i.e. a festival day counts as just one game. The team must have played (i.e. started), or received by concession, a minimum of FOUR fixtures.
The rule regarding County Division 1 was passed at the League AGM in January 2014, to take effect for the 2016 season. However there was a delay in its implementation and so the heading ‘From the start of the cricket season 1 January 2017’ was added at the AGM in January 2016. We have been advised that in legal terms this heading means that seasons prior to 2017 cannot be included in the calculation of “second successive season” for the purposes of 42.3.3.
Taking into account this interpretation, the League accepts that a Club should not be issued with a relegation notice this year as a result of this rule. For the avoidance of doubt, the same legal advice is absolutely clear that any club which is not compliant next year will be relegated.
Rule 42.2 (Clubmark)
The CCL has also taken legal advice on Rule 42.2 which applies to Clubmark.
42.2.2 (From 31 October 2017) Any Premier League or County Division 1 club not holding Clubmark Accreditation or its equivalent replacement will be relegated with immediate effect.
We have been advised that this rule is clear and unambiguous. The appeals of Ludgvan and St Minver CC’s, following their demotion by the CCL for failure to comply with this rule, will be heard by the Appeals Panel of the Cornwall Cricket Board, as planned in November.
As they have received Clubmark Accreditation by 31st October 2017 Rosudgeon and Troon CC’s are accepted to play in County Division 1 in 2018.
27 October 2017