Gloucestershire County Cricket League to be restructured with Oldlands and Cam facing relegation
5:00pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
OLDLANDS and Cam face relegation due to a controversial shake-up of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League (GCCL).
With three teams coming down to the league from the West of England Premier League and a minimum of three sides joining from the feeder district leagues, the GCCL will be restructured.
Oldlands and Cam thought they had done enough to stay up in Division One, finishing seventh and eighth respectively, but four teams are now likely to go down in each division, with up to six being relegated from Division Five, putting Charfield at risk.
Despite managing to finish outside the bottom two in Division Four with a final-day victory over Sheepscombe, Cam seconds are also now facing the drop.
It is expected that two teams will still be promoted from Division Two to Five and one from the Cheltenham, Gloucester, Forest Division.
A GCCL statement said: “The GCCL committee is very well aware that the number of relegations within GCCL will cause great discontent. “The committee members are not isolated from reality, most come from clubs and some will be affected.
“However it believes that it has come up with the best, and only, approach to ensure that all eligible teams have competitive cricket in 2014.
“When the GCCL re-organised for the start of 2013, one of the objectives was a more even and predictable position on relegation. Clearly, this has not happened yet.
“The GCCL will continue to lobby and argue for WEPL restructure, particularly to eliminate their separate 2nd XI competitions.
“These competitions significantly increase the difficulties with relegations in a multi-county and district pyramid structure.”
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