The local cricket scene is set for a massive shake-up as the Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League and Derwent Valley Cricket League have held preliminary talks about a possible amalgamation in time for the 2016 season.
A number of teams have quit in recent years, and there are now only 57 teams competing across both leagues.
Beckett League secretary Simon Dobson confirmed that discussions have taken place: “The Derwent Valley League approached us a few weeks back about possibly joining into the Beckett League set-up. We held a joint meeting between both organisations and all clubs were sent correspondence outlining these talks. The Beckett League committee met separately last night to confirm we are receptive to the proposal.”
The Derwent Valley League fielded only 18 teams in the 2015 season with both Sewerby 3rds and Forge Valley 4ths dropping out in the early weeks of the season, while the Beckett League lost Fylingdales 2nds after just three matches.”
Dobson added: “There is a rich tradition and heritage to the Derwent Valley League and we acknowledge their approach to us will not have been an easy decision for them. We will continue with discussions on how we move forward with this proposal, incorporating a new-look structure and securing cricket in our region.”
There were four divisions in the Beckett League last season and two in the Derwent Valley League, talks are ongoing regarding whether the new-look Beckett League would have five or six divisions.