The 2018 North Yorkshire Girls Friendly League is upon us with U9 and U12 softball competitions and an U15 hardball competition planned over the summer.
It’s a great opportunity for girls across a broad range of age groups to come together to play some competitive cricket but mainly to enjoy the experience, make new friends and have fun!
This year we have the following clubs represented: –
Knaresborough, North Airedale, Alne, Menston, North Stainley, Rawdon, East Harsley, Pannal, Walton, Marton, Acomb, Clifton, and Ilkley.
If you are interested in your daughter participating in the competition then contact the participating club / club manager nearest to you! Dates are confirmed but keep an eye on our Twitter feed @NYWGCRICKET and the Facebook site for any change to date/venues.
Softball U9 and U12 rules
1) When there are four teams in a group two games will be played simultaneously. Each game 12 overs per side 6 players per side (U9) and 8 per side (U12). If a club has only 4-5 players they should still play and borrow players from other clubs.
2) New ECB junior rules apply.
3) Each team will play each other in a league format with 4 points for a win 2 points for a tie. A team losing by less than 20 runs will be awarded a bonus point.
4) Clubs can decide amongst themselves if they want to continue to play on a regional basis against the same teams or to move forward on a performance basis.
5) The age is a guide only, the U9s can also include older girls in their first season and this can be decided on a case by case basis amongst the managers. The underlying principle should be that girls play cricket. The U12 can have older girls but not girls with district experience. Again, it should be judged on an ability basis.
6) The U12 league has been split into 3 divisions on a regional basis. For the first two dates, we keep these leagues on a regional basis. After that clubs can choose to move into performance basis or stay regional. The proposal is that if every club chooses to go on performance the top two from the central group (based on the fact that Alne and North Stainley were the top two clubs last season) would be joined by the top team from the two other groups.
Hard Ball U15 rules
1) There are 6 teams entered and in each round, there will be 3 teams at one venue and 2 at another. The clubs will rotate so that each club has an equal exposure to 3 team dates and 2 team dates. On the 3 team dates the home team (team A) would team B first in a pairs format 8-12 overs to be decided by the competing teams. Then team B would play team C and finally Team A plays team C. Teams would be 8 a side. In the 2 team match this will allow more serious cricket and the two managers can decide the format to be played this would be 8 a side It would be 16/20 overs played under the new junior hardball guidelines.
2) The winning team will be awarded 2 points for a win.
3) The age limit is U15 but district or county U15 players can’t play.
4) The aim of this competition is to introduce a more serious and structured approach the wearing of whites should be encouraged.
5) After the 3 group stages the top 4 teams will play each other on a semi final basis with the two winners playing in the final in the other two dates.