Evening League is well underway in Guernsey with support of Barclays Wealth
Guernsey Cricket Board
Mon, May 23, 2011 9:43 PM
Another season of Evening League cricket is underway and, once again the Guernsey Cricket Board (GCB) is grateful to be able to offer cricket every weeknight through until September with the generous support of Barclays Wealth.
This is now the sixth year of the partnership between the GCB and Barclays Wealth and has seen much change in the Evening League format. This year sees the 39 teams entered playing across four divisions with nine teams in the Barclays Wealth Evening League 1. The player restrictions seen in 2010 have been lifted and, it will therefore be interesting to see how this affects the order in the top tier.
Another change in 2011 sees all teams in the Barclays Wealth Evening League 1 required to wear coloured clothing with this to be enforced in 2012. This will compliment the white ball being used.
“Every April we look forward with anticipation to a new season and, with the current good weather it has been a great start for players and administrators,” said GCB Chief Executive, Mark Latter.
“A number of our juniors are now coming through into EL cricket and it will be good to see how they acquit themselves. EL1 will again be interesting and with the restrictions on the ‘elite’ players gone, subject to their availability it should see some good match ups this season.
“Once again I am grateful to George Smith and his team at Barclays Wealth for all their support in making some 342 games happen this season,” said Latter.
Ken Bradley, Island Director, Wealth Intermediaries and Wealth International, Barclays Wealth, Guernsey is delighted to be able to provide support to the league. “The cricket Evening League is one of the highlights in Guernsey’s sporting calendar and Barclays Wealth is proud to be able to support the Guernsey Cricket Board for the sixth year.
“We look forward to seeing how the teams progress through the summer and those younger players who are coming through the ranks,” says Bradley.
The season started on Tuesday 26 April with EL2, EL3 and EL4 seeing action with games at the KGV, Port Soif, Memorial Field and LMDC. 2010 EL1 champions Odey Rovers started EL1 off on Thursday 5 May at Port Soif. Investec Colombians started their first campaign in EL1 on Wednesday 11 May.
The number of overs and bowling restrictions will continue to be kept in line with t20 cricket in EL1 and EL2 while in EL3 and EL4 these have been eased to reflect the more social side of play here.
During May the Weekend League ‘hybrid’ sides have competed for the Dave Fisher Memorial Evening League Trophy playing on grass each Tuesday night. The format will see a round robin competition and final on Tuesday 24 May at Port Soif.
Once again the highly popular Barclays Wealth Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award will be followed closely by all across local media and at www.guernseycricket.com. Each month there will be a prize issued in conjunction with Barclays Wealth based on the running scores. At the end of the season GCB will then announce the overall divisional winners at the Barclays Wealth GCA Annual Awards Dinner. This will be held on Friday 4 November at The Farmhouse with several top name cricketers present.
The season will come to a climax with the Promotion and Relegation Playoffs in early September to determine the teams who will take the second spots up and down.