Premier Men’s Competition Review Update Premier Men’s Competition Review Update

CW confirms that the purpose of the Premier Men’s Competition is to provide the highest level of regular competitive cricket that supports the development of Wellington’s most talent players (i.e. Wellington’s best senior cricketers, some of whom aspire to play first class cricket)  With the above purpose in-mind and based on the review, CW confirms the following changes to the Premier Men’s Competition from 2019/20.  These changes will be in place for a minimum of two seasons and will be reviewed annually

  • A competition pyramid model will be implemented that features two open six team Premier Men’s Competitions (Division One – Pearce Cup and Division Two – Hazlett Trophy) and eight team competitions from Division Three (Alan Isaac Trophy) and below
  • Division One and Division Two will be treated equally with regards to the allocation of CW resources • Automatic promotion/relegation will exist between all divisions with the winner of the lower division replacing the last placed team in the higher division in the following season (i.e. there will be no playoff games)
  • To participate in Division One and Division Two all clubs must meet the requirements outlined in the attached entry criteria
  • Division One and Division Two will consist of home and away One-day cricket (10 days play). Each division will also feature a final comprising the first and second placed teams from the round robin
  • Division One and Division Two will consist of one round of Two-day cricket (10 days play). On three weekends throughout the season Two-day cricket will be played over a consecutive Saturday and Sunday (Three Two-day games). The remaining two Two-day games will be played from one Saturday to the next Saturday (as per 2018/19). Each division will also feature a final comprising the first and second placed teams from the round robin
  • A combined Division One and Division Two T20 competition will be played – details of the format are TBC. This will take place annually in January
  • Division three and four will consist of a home and away One-day competition (14 days play) and one round of timed red ball cricket (7 days play – as a two-year pilot). CW will work with clubs to ascertain the interest in a T20 competition for these divisions
  • The final placing of the Premier and Premier reserve teams over the last three seasons will be used to determine the starting positions of Premier and Premier reserve teams in 2019/20. Aggregate points from the One-day and Two-day First Grade Competition from 2018/19 have been used to determine the remaining four teams in Division Four. Outlined in the table below are the starting positions for each division in 2019/20

 

 

CW will also complete a review of the By-laws by 10 July 2019. This will include the process for criteria assessment and confirm the regulations regarding player payments. At this time CW will also produce a draft playing schedule