Cricket bosses hope new Alliance League will prove a winner

Line up: Committee members are, standing, from left: Ian Lomas, Kevin Gresham, John Kendall, Steve Bailey, Ashley Bootman, Ian Hobson, Melvyn Bond and Eric Hibling; front, Ian Lewis, joint chairmen Maurice Gilliatt and Bill Beckett, and John Turner.                                Picture: Steve Taylor
Line up: Committee members are, standing, from left: Ian Lomas, Kevin Gresham, John Kendall, Steve Bailey, Ashley Bootman, Ian Hobson, Melvyn Bond and Eric Hibling; front, Ian Lewis, joint chairmen Maurice Gilliatt and Bill Beckett, and John Turner. Picture: Steve Taylor
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A NEW cricket league will grace the South Yorkshire sporting scene this summer.

The Solly Sports South Yorkshire Alliance is an amalgamation of the Doncaster and Sheffield Cricket Leagues.

Both bodies have worked closely for several years with their top teams playing in the Doncaster and Sheffield Alliance. But faced with continuing defections to such as the Yorkshire Council, they formally decided to amalgamate.

Said former Doncaster League chairman Maurice Gilliatt: “Over the last 18 months or so, the sub-committee set up to start the wheels in motion, and then the full Alliance committee, have worked very hard to pull everything together for the start of the 2011 season.

“The committee is made up of members from both the old Doncaster and Sheffield Leagues and to date seems to be working very well.

“The President is David Welch with one of our Vice Presidents being Sidney Fielden. Both are experienced in cricketing matters, both having been members of the Yorkshire County Cricket committee.

“Various members of our new committee have attended meetings both at Lords and Headingley to try and ensure the new alliance is run as professionally as possible.”

The new Alliance will be made up of a Premiership Division plus four other divisions and will feature a total of 30 clubs and 46 teams.

There will also be a new 20/20 competition for all clubs. All clubs will be affiliated to Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) and must have a Club Welfare Officer mainly to look after the interests of junior players who play in the league. “We have arranged courses for all clubs over the next over the next few weeks,” said Maurice. They will be run by Ray Knowles the Yorkshire County Welfare Officer.