Cornwall Cricket has been privileged to receive an official visit, on 17 January 2019, from Gordon Hollins, a leading executive officer at the ECB, together with Derek Brewer, an advisor to the ECB Board. That morning it had been officially announced that Mr Hollins had been appointed to the newly created ECB Board role of Managing Director, County Cricket, to provide a vital focus on the core of domestic cricket. He was previously ECB’s Chief Operating Officer and, together with Mr Brewer, responsible for working with the game to devise the new County Partnership Agreements between ECB and its members over the last 18 months. See ECB’s Media Release below.
Derek Brewer was formally CEO of Nottinghamshire (2005-12) and the CEO of the MCC at Lord’s (2012-17). Also in attendance was Tim Masters, the ECB’s Head of Participation and Growth (South West and Wales).
Following a meeting, at the Cornwall Cricket Centre at Truro, with the Cornwall Cricket Board Executive Mr Hollins gave a two-hour presentation and Q & A session to leading personnel from the various pillars within Cornish Cricket and club reps. In his introduction he stated he was pleased to make a first visit to the county, completing a full set of all 38 counties.
Mr Hollins outlined details of the new five-year County Partnership Agreement to come into place in 2020. This has come into being after 18 months of countrywide consultations. It will also see the introduction of a 100 ball franchise competition in the first-class game, aimed to bring cricket to a new young audience. With substantial income from increased TV rights becoming available a total of £500 million is being made available across 26 different projects, designed to expand the game across urban and ethnically diverse areas of England and Wales.
They fall under six distinct priorities – growing and nurturing the core, inspiring through elite teams, making cricket accessible, engaging children and young people, transforming women’s and girls’ cricket, and supporting our communities
Minor Counties cricket is also to undergo changes as part of the agreement and, subject to formal MCCA ratification next month will be rebranded as the National Counties Cricket Association from 2020. The playing formats will be balanced to provide four three-day championship games, four one-day 50 overs games, and four days of T20 competition. In the championship, the west and east divisions will be split into two divisions with promotion and relegation. The top five teams in the 2019 championship will form division one. The teams finishing in first place in division 1 east and west will contest the overall championship final. The 50 over and T20 groups will also lead to the usual finals days. All change in 2020 for Cornwall CCC
Commenting on the event Cornwall Cricket Board CEO Simon Menneer said “ We feel very privileged to have had a meeting with two such senior ECB representatives a mere three days after the launch of the strategy. In addition to Gordon’s presentation, the Executive had a chance to spend an hour asking detailed questions about the new County Partnership Agreement about which we are very enthusiastic.”
ECB Media Release 17 January 2019 website
ECB has appointed Gordon Hollins to the newly created role of Managing Director, County Cricket to provide a vital focus on the core of domestic cricket.
The announcement was made to the Members of the ECB at a whole-game meeting in London this week where the game’s new strategy for cricket from 2020 to 2024, Inspiring Generations, was shared.
In line with this strategy, Gordon’s responsibilities in the newly-created role will include managing the relationship between ECB and the domestic and recreational game.
Hollins was previously ECB’s Chief Operating Officer and, within this, responsible for working with the game to devise the new County Partnership Agreements between ECB and its members over the last 18 months.
This work, carried out with support from ECB Board Advisor Derek Brewer, will play a key part in the success of the new strategy.
Commenting on the appointment, Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: “Gordon has demonstrated his outstanding leadership abilities over a number of years in the game.
“Throughout his time both at Durham and ECB, Gordon has continually impressed with his passion and commitment for cricket and especially his love for the county game.
“His appointment to this newly created role is part of ECB’s pledge to protect and grow the domestic game and ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
“We will do this through partnership and increased support to the counties through the new strategy.”
Gordon Hollins, ECB Managing Director, County Cricket, added: “I am thrilled to take up this position at an exciting time for the county game.
“There is some excellent work being done by people across the counties and we have a responsibility to help and support them and to ensure that the game continues to grow.
“We can only do that by working in collaboration with our partners – the 38 counties, Cricket Wales and MCC.”