Post by NigelS on Oct 17, 2016 17:55:29 GMT
As you correctly point out, there are no guarantees that we would have enough teams to make up 3 divisions but we surely have to allow for the number of teams will have played this year (8 "A" Teams, potentially 4 "B" teams) before adding the 2 Ladies teams (Sussex and Oxon) that seem likely to be able to raise at least 7 players. If you then add to that the "Ladies County Select" team, the chance that Surrey could raise a "Mixed" B Team (with ladies and men playing, as the Ladies would no longer have their own competition) and possible addition of Yorkshire and Suffolk (unlikely I think, but you never know?) and you would end up with 17 teams that want to take part. Who decides which teams would not be allowed to play?
This does need to be considered carefully before any decisions are made as we all know how hard it can be to revert back to something different if we get it wrong now.
I just think if you limit to 14 teams you a) cut down a weekend and b) dont have a scenario of a 2 team division 3 which we had a few years ago.
I think I would go with something along the lines of
- first every county can submit one open and one ladies team. Realistically this will be 10 teams (11 at a push for Surrey Ladies).
-B teams will then be invited to make 12, so in this case 2 is most likely - each county to be asked in turn if they would field a B side in order of where they finished in last years county champs.
-2 teams then would make up the final 12, which will be select teams one open & one ladies. Not sure if can be made up of any players (regardless of county) who havent been picked or just counties with no B/ladies teams. If no ladies select team then ask another county to submit a B side.
This way each team is picked on merit and you do have opportunities if your county is not sending a B team or a ladies team. If players miss out, they miss out. I think people forget that county sides are picked on merit, they are not opens were anyone can enter. After all my format caters for nearly 100 players, which is more than most opens.
Maybe its radical, but maybe thats what it needs. 98 players getting 6 games each seems a potentially good solution to me.