Cheshire Cricket Board Announces Changes to District Cricket

Cheshire Cricket Board (CCB) are to re-brand their District playing offer, as part of their player pathway for boys. It's hoped the decision will improve the quality of District cricket, and create further playing opportunities for selected participants.

From Summer 2019, District Festivals (U13 & U15) will see four new teams; Lions, Tigers, Panthers & Jaguars, competing in a series of fixtures between May-July.

The new team names reflect one of a number of changes, with players no longer being allocated to a regional team based on their club membership - the strongest players from the District Course will be selected, before being divided up evenly based on their skill-sets, and allocated to a team.

Additionally, players attending the Excellence Course (U12-U15) who have not been selected for County Age Group (CAG) cricket will also be considered for selection for the U13 & U15 District Festivals.

A new directive on the number of players selected for CAG cricket will allow Cheshire squads (U12-U15) to fulfill their early season fixtures, whilst also creating more opportunities for players who perform strongly in the District Festival to progress to CAG cricket during the Summer.

CCB Performance Manager, Gavin Colebourn said; "District cricket has always been a great vehicle for players to showcase their skills, and it's been fantastic to see a number of players progress to CAG cricket as a result of their District performances".

New playing formats will be trialled alongside 45/50 over cricket, with the new England & Wales Cricket Board innovation - 'The Hundred', taking the place of Twenty20 cricket this Summer.

Colebourn added; "We hope the new format reflects some of the exciting innovations taking place in the game, whilst also providing more opportunities for players to develop and reach their full potential".

The Festivals will conclude with a 'Finals Day' in July, creating an opportunity to celebrate District cricket and acknowledge strong performances.

Following feedback from players/spectators, and an internal review, CCB hopes the changes to its District playing offer will support the following aims:
  • Increase the awareness of the District playing offer
  • Create more fluidity between District & County Age Group cricket
  • Improve the standard of District cricket
  • Improve the playing & watching experience of District cricket

    For further information on Performance Cricket in Cheshire, please contact Gavin Colebourn 07971 940440.