Yesterday the Derbyshire & Cheshire League announced on Facebook the structure & teams who will be competing in the 2022 Derek Slack Sunday league, in which our 3rd XI play.
Here’s what the D&CCL posted..
The Derek Slack Sunday League has expanded to 15 teams and will hopefully be contested next Summer over the 18 Sundays from May 1st to August 31st inclusive. This should provide some flexibility and also the opportunity to rearrange rain affected fixtures, or games that clash with other competitions
2022 teams consist of: Birch Vale, Broadbottom, Chapel, Charlesworth, Compstall 4thXI, Dinting, Dove Holes, Hazel Grove, High Lane, New Mills, Old Glossop, Springhead 4thXI, Stalybridge, Tintwistle, & Whaley Bridge.
All teams will play each other once, but the main focus will be on enjoyment and encouraging youth development, as they adapt to a slightly longer form of cricket whilst playing alongside, and against, more senior players.
Ironically, the COVID Pandemic and the subsequent emphasis on working remotely and restricted travel has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for village cricket (or more specifically the D&C) to embrace the younger generation, and by working collectively, we can all benefit from the self-perpetuating social benefits as cricket rediscovers its former charm. That’s the plan anyway.
This is fantastic news for our 3rd XI with the further development of the competition for 2022. Exciting times ahead, with potential first time trips to Springhead & a return of our old friends Compstall.
Credit should be given to those from the league that have driven this format. Well done to all involved, truly brilliant!! I’m sure the 2022 Derek Slack Sunday League will continue to be a success! Onwards & upwards!