The major aim of the Bolton League Executive is to try to ensure our clubs are sustainable over the coming months. With this in mind professionals and deputies will not be compulsory for the 2020 season. Clubs wishing to engage a professional must register him with the League by 30th April.
Regarding Overseas and UK based professionals, the Bolton League have been in touch with the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, who are already liaising with the ECB and League Cricket Conference and a statement will be made to all leagues and clubs in due course.
We will endeavour to assist clubs to make further savings wherever possible.
The secondary aim is to try and play as much competitive cricket as possible. With this in mind we are looking to start the league programme on Saturday 30th May. Over the 16 weekends first teams in the Premier Division will play each other twice, including two Sundays. First teams in the Association Division will play each other twice over 14 Saturdays. Should this not be achievable the season will commence on 4th July with clubs playing each other once plus weekend T20 cricket.
It is hoped the T20 competition can start around the second May Bank Holiday weekend but it may be necessary to make adjustments to the draw.
There are no plans at the moment to play the Hamer or Birtwistle Cup competitions.
In order to make the administration as simple as possible and play as much cricket as possible in the time available, irrespective of where a second team finished last season, their fixtures will have to be the reverse of their first team with a championship play off. Matches will only be played on a Saturday so teams playing opposite the first team Premier Division will only play some opponents once. In 2021 second teams will start the season on an even footing. We realise clubs may be struggling for players for a number of reasons. Our preferred option would be for games to take place with fewer than 11 players and reduced overs than not be played at all.
We will try to play as much junior cricket as possible. It is imperative to keep young players in the game. With the evenings drawing in from mid-August some matches will need to take place at weekends. At the moment we are trying to play some matches at all age groups rather than concentrating on one or two age groups. The junior season will begin on Sunday 31st May or Sunday 5th July.
Clubs and officials should note that all future meeting have been postponed including the Umpires / Captains and League meeting scheduled for 30th March.
The Executive Committee, Bolton Cricket League