Lismore still out in the cold
AS the winter weeks tick by, it's looking more likely that Lismore will be going it alone in first-grade cricket next summer.
A Far North Coast Cricket Council meeting on Wednesday night ratified a new regional competition involving five teams from the Ballina District association (including a composite Mullum-Brunswick and Byron Bay team), five from the Tweed, plus the Casino Cavaliers.
Lismore clubs have refused to join, saying there would be too much travel.
They will get a final chance to change their minds when a letter is sent to all clubs advising them of the next step in forming the new league a meeting on July 18 to form a FNCCC sub-committee comprising two delegates from each cricket association and representatives from the umpires' association.
The meeting will take nominations for an executive, consider sponsorship options, discuss competition rules and possibly start on a draft season draw.
Following that, another meeting of club delegates will be called to comment on the proposed rules and draw.
FNCCC secretary Geoff Jacobs said yesterday that Lismore clubs' concerns about excessive travel were unfounded.
"Each Lismore or Ballina club would have to travel to the Tweed for perhaps two or three matches a season," he said. "It would probably be less travel in all than last season considering the separate one-day competition."