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Cricket: North Wales Cricket League chairman steps down

NORTHOP Cricket Club’s Geoff Pierce has completed his three-year term of office as chairman of the North Wales Cricket League with an appeal to players for good behaviour on the field of play.

In a report to the annual meeting in Halkyn on Sunday, he said: “On the subject of discipline, I feel we do not have a major problem but there are still too many incidents that could be avoided if all players followed the Respect code of conduct.

“A lot of cases could or indeed should be sorted on the day with the cooperation of players, captains and umpires. The spirit of the game must be followed at all times.”

Pierce, who was succeeded by Dilwyn Hughes of Rhewl, also appealed to clubs to encourage their members to attend courses to qualify as umpires and join the independent panel of umpires officiating in Premier Division and Division One matches.

Also on Sunday, secretary of the NWCL Mike Short retired after more than a decade in the role.

Leading the tributes, Pierce said: “We have only had three secretaries since the formation of the NWCL almost 40 years ago. I would like to extend my thanks to Mike for his wonderful service.”