THE North West Cricket Union has a new President after Andrew Fleming was elected unopposed to fill the void left by Joe Doherty’s resignation at the recent Annual General Meeting at Eglinton.
The St Johnston man was a prominent member of the original Think Tank set up last year and he paid tribute to his predecessor on taking the chair. “Joe has served North West cricket with great distinction for several years and I would like to put on record my appreciation both on a personal note and on behalf of the wider cricket community. I am pleased that he has agreed to stay on as our rep to Cricket Ireland and have no doubt that I will be calling on his assistance in both roles in the coming year.”
Andrew was equally enthusiastic about his own position going forward and admitted that it had the makings of a real challenge. “I am looking forward to working with all the various parties involved- the clubs, their reps, Cricket Ireland and of course our own committees in what is a really exciting time for North West cricket.”
Other personnel changes include Garth Donaghy from Coleraine who has taken up the demanding mantle of Fixture Secretary while Peter McCartney is a new face on the scene. The Chartered Accountant will act as assistant treasurer to Jim Lindsay in the coming year with a view to taking over that role in due course.
Alan Montgomery’s Patron position doesn’t require re-election and there was no change either in the Vice President role as John Pierce agreed to another term.
The meeting heard Annual Reports from the various committee directors - David Bradley (Operations), Bobby Rao (Development) and Jim Lindsay (Finance) and an impressive update from Brian Allen on his CDO position. The forthcoming Inter-Provincial series was also covered and the Development Committee has been working very hard to put structures in place to be ready for that.
Mr Allen also offered any and all clubs wishing to avail of his coaching services the opportunity to get in touch with him so that he can schedule contact.
The re-structured leagues were also discussed and the new Premier League and Championship Divisions will both consist of 8 teams with the new Qualifying League consisting of 10. (All of the existing Intermediate 1 teams minus Glendermott 2’s who will be replaced by Killyclooney).
The promotion/relegation between Premier and Championship will be one up/one down but there will also be a play-off between the team finishing 7th in the Premier and 2nd in the Championship.
There will also be a play-off between the bottom team in the Championship and the highest placed first XI in the Qualifying League although that could well come under further scrutiny as there are only two teams (Newbuildings and Killyclooney) in the latter category.