Howzat for a big decision? Herts teams rebel to form new league


There will be a major shake-up of the way cricket is played in Hertfordshire after a decision by the county’s clubs to leave the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

The affected clubs – which include Hemel Hempstead Town CC and Tring Park CC – plan to remain in the HCPL next season before setting up two new county divisions in 2015.

A meeting of the top 25 Herts clubs voted 19-5 in favour of a proposal to form a Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League – gaining the 75 per cent majority needed to pass the motion.

According to Hertfordshire league officials, the main reason for the decision is that clubs feel they can no longer afford the time or money to travel to neighbouring counties.

As a result of the move, the HCPL committee have called a general meeting on November 13 with the possibility of kicking out the Hertfordshire sides ahead of the 2014 campaign.

This, though, would appear unlikely, with Hertfordshire boasting 13 of the 30 the teams currently playing in the division.

The proposed breakaway league would be made up of a Premier Division and a Championship Division above the current 14-division structure. Both divisions would be open to clubs outside Hertfordshire.