The Lawrence Moore Column
Outside Edge: 28 August
You will have seen that Killyclooney were officially relegated at the weekend having failed to win a single league game all season but having watched them at St Johnston on Sunday I have no idea how they haven't picked up any points. There was plenty at stake in the match with the Donegal side needing a win to stop Eglinton claiming the title there and then, and the visitors fighting for their senior status but the game itself was very low key until the final overs.
Killyclooney's woes this season have been compounded by the unavailability of James Colhoun and Mark Gordon through injury, the latter managing just the last two games following a pre-season accident. They have also lost the equivalent of a full senior team in the past couple of years and the cost of that drain is now apparent. Donemana are widely regarded as the team worst affected by the loss of home grown talent but I wonder what the odds would have been on Killyclooney being relegated had they still had Graeme and Dean McCarter, David, Ryan and Andy Barr and Mark Snodgrass as well as Gordon and Colhoun among others?
Like many I hope Killyclooney are able to bounce back again and re-claim their place in the senior ranks sooner rather than later, but patience may now well be the key.
Staying on the subject of Sunday at the Saints I must say I was regally entertained by some good old- fashioned banter among the home club's hierarchy. Of the many items on the Agenda were consistency among the umpires, pitch drainage and the fact that Stuart Lapsley's offspring (who would have been politely labelled “through-going” in my day are affectionately known locally as the Taliban.
Naturally enough the difference in standard between Division 1 and 2 also raised its head and the general feeling was that any team being promoted this season would require a minimum of three new players to survive, or six to challenge for honours. At one stage there was even a suggestion that if you were to pick a team from everyone in Division 2 they still wouldn't be up to fighting for a trophy in the top flight. The difference is vast I agree with that, especially in the field, but whether it is that wide or not I'm not so sure.
So for what it's worth here's my 11 that I reckon could do a job in Division 1- Chris Pierce, Mark Doherty, Richard Wylie, Adrian Murphy, Stephen Smyth, Alan MacBeth, Stephen McCay, Steve Moore, Gordon Cooke, Jonny Gardiner and Ian MacBeth (or David if he takes 4 wickets against Eglinton on Wednesday night). Wouldn't know where to start for a name however…
Finally for this week an update on Friday night's Cricket Operations Committee meeting. A number of issues were discussed and most of them revolved around rule change proposals which are due to be with Jim Lindsay by this weekend. It is expected that there are several superficial amendments to be put back before the clubs including changing the senior cup final back to “whites” instead of coloured clothing. There is also quite obviously a lot of discontent among clubs about the supply of cricket balls this season and that too will be up for discussion.
One thing that has been a bone of contention with me personally is the subject of replays for Intermediate Division 4 sides. For some strange reason it appears that Intermediate 4 teams don't have T20 replays available for washed out games and I know for a fact I was at a meeting last year where it was approved to change that rule. Earlier this summer I advised a skipper of one of the teams that it was fine to replay a washed out match however a few days later a senior club official phoned me up to make it crystal clear that I was giving out incorrect information.
On checking the rule book and lo and behold there it was, large as life that Intermediate 4 STILL cannot play T20 replays. Barry Chambers and Richard Douglas will both confirm that I should be on memory medication these days but thankfully the Operations Committee confirmed on Friday night that the rule WAS indeed changed last year and that it is the book that is wrong. Hopefully that will be put right this winter as well, finally bringing all the Divisions into line. One issue that is sure to generate plenty of debate is that ALL existing Division 2 clubs are would prefer to have their league games reduced to 40 overs per side. There may be some objection from the clubs dropping down but it is an interesting scenario and not just because the last time the suggestion was put forward in 2010, somehow it didn't even make the meeting. Strange. Anyway watch this space…
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