New Sunday Cricket League Proposal
Derwent Sunday League – DSL#19
A high percentage of the teams are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams which serve as the entry point to the adult league for so many of our juniors, and fathers, sons and daughters often play side by side.
A lot of junior players don’t have the concentration span to play a full 40/45 over game – we need to make the game shorter. If they are going to play they want to participate fully. They want a chance to bat or bowl and to field somewhere that keeps them actively involved in the game: they want the game to be exciting, and they want to go home having enjoyed the game and the social before, during and afterwards. They want the game to finish in good time: they have plans for the evening. They are the League’s next generation of players and we have got to make their transition from junior to adult cricket as smooth as possible and ensure that it is an enjoyable learning experience, to keep them in the game.
The older players in the league also want the game to finish a bit earlier. They enjoy having younger players in the team – the youngsters are fitter and faster in the field – and they enjoy acting as coaches and advisers, teaching the younger players about the skills, rules and traditions of the game. The older players are more traditional in outlook, having grown up with the 45 over version of the game and we would love some of them to embrace the concept of the Development League because it is a critical stepping stone that will encourage more junior players to follow in their footsteps and enjoy the adult game. Its success is absolutely crucial for the future of our League and this will be a great way for them to have some fun and give something back to the game that they love.
Proposed Playing Regulations