Sussex was confirmed as the home of the world’s largest adult cricket league – with its 335 participating teams across 34 divisions - on a historic day for recreational cricket in the county on Monday 29th October.
The inaugural Sussex Cricket League AGM was held at The 1st Central County Ground at which the integration of the East Sussex Cricket League, Mid Sussex Cricket League, West Sussex Invitation Cricket League and the Sussex Premier Cricket League was completed.
The four leagues came together under a single playing structure ahead of the 2018 season but continued to play under their own league rules. Monday’s AGM confirmed that the 140 member clubs that make up the unified Sussex Cricket League will now all operate under the same rules and regulations.
Years in the making, the meeting also saw the election of the Executive Committee & Sub Committees and decided a number of playing conditions.
Format and start times were the principal items on the agenda, with the following conditions being voted in:
Other playing conditions, rules and regulations will be finalised by the Executive Committee and distributed to clubs in due course.
The Adult Leagues Group (ALG), formed of representatives from the four previous leagues and other key stakeholders in Sussex Cricket, have worked for a number of years to bring recreational cricket in the county to this point.
The Players Survey, which was distributed across the whole league network during the 2018 season, saw 1,700 responses regarding the formats, start times and other playing conditions across the leagues.
It is by far the largest piece of insight that recreational cricket in Sussex has ever produced and the results were used to inform the thinking of the ALG, to provide recommendations for voting at the AGM.
Gary Stanley, the appointed Chair of the Sussex Cricket League stated “What Sussex Cricket and the recreational league Clubs have achieved only really struck me when I saw us all in the same room for the first time on Monday.
That we are all part of one league, individually and collectively under the Sussex Cricket umbrella, is a remarkable achievement, but the most exciting thing is that the foundation is now there to take recreational cricket in Sussex forward in leaps and bounds.”
Chris Coleman, Head of Community Cricket at Sussex Cricket added “I am delighted that the Sussex Cricket League is now formally constituted and set up to give more players the format of cricket they want to play.
“Sussex Cricket continues to strive to improve the experience people have watching, playing and being inspired by cricket across the county and I feel this is another step forward in this regard.”