Cricket association board due to vote on overhaul of competition

Oak Flats bowler Andrew Twyford. His club is expected to play in the Premier Division.

Oak Flats bowler Andrew Twyford. His club is expected to play in the Premier Division.

The South Coast Cricket Association board will on Monday vote on a radical change to their competition for the new season, with a six-team Premier Division top-grade competition likely.

The association wants a stronger, more even first-grade competition after many years of leading clubs outclassing the weaker teams.

Last season featured an eight-team first grade comp and while semi-final spots were not decided until the last hour of the final round, the weaker clubs endured weekly drubbings.

Under the proposal to be voted on, first and second grade will be remodelled into a six-team Premier Division with six teams in first division and six teams in second division.

Third and fourth grade one-day cricket will be unaffected and there will be no Sunday cricket except in representative competitions.

The Premier Division will include one-dayers and two-dayers with powerhouse clubs Oak Flats, Lake Illawarra, reigning premiers Albion Park and Warilla certain to be among the six teams.

South Coast Cricket Association president Tony Panecasio said it was likely more than six clubs had nominated for Premier Division.

"In the end the board will have to decide which clubs it believes fulfil the criteria best to be in the Premier Division," Panecasio said.

"Not every club may get what they want but the clubs, and the board, recognise we need to make changes to the competition structure and improve cricket on the South Coast.

"The clubs know what the criteria is to play in Premier Division and First and Second Division and the board will consider all submissions and make a decision."

The South Coast comp traditionally started on the last Saturday in September but with many clubs inconvenienced by winter sport finals, the new season will not begin until October 11.


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