Denholme's Fisher is league's new president

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Denholme’s Geoff Fisher is the new president of the Bradford & District Evening League.

He replaces Dick Gregson (Butter-shaw St Paul’s), who died last March, aged 90.

Fisher, father of former Yorkshire and Gloucestershire left-arm spinner Ian, said; “I know I am following a great man of cricket.

“He will be watching me, and he will be watching all of you too, from above.”

The league made a loss of £148.12 on the year ending October 31, 2012.

Treasurer Smita Lymbery said: “That was mainly down to the abandoned finals day at Windhill Cricket Club, where we should have had a raffle.”

Matches next season will be a minimum of 16 overs per side, although 18 overs per side can be played if both captains agree.

If there is a disagreement regarding the number of overs, the umpires will have the final say.

League chairman Tom Priestley encouraged clubs to pay fines swiftly to avoid hassle for league officials.

l Proposals to reduce second-team matches to 45 overs and play matches to a conclusion in the evenings as long as bad light and weather permit were narrowly defeated at the Aire-Wharfe League’s annual meeting.

Silsden’s proposal to shorten second-team matches from 50 overs was defeated 30-28, while Kirkstall Educational’s idea, which was backed by Menston, to not lose overs in the second innings and play matches to a natural conclusion fell 20-16.

More heavily defeated were leg-side wides in First Division first-team matches, which was seconded by Guiseley (lost 24-12) and 30-yard fielding circles (lost 27-9).

Otley’s proposal, seconded by Steeton, that all ten outfield players should bowl one ball in a bowl-out, with the 11th player being the wicket-keeper, fell 26-9 for first and second teams and 12-4 for third teams.

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