Clubs in the Yorkshire South Premier League (YSPL) and the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League (SYSCL) have voted overwhelmingly to merge their two leagues into a new Yorkshire Cricket Southern Premier League (YCSPL). 
 
The YCSPL will comprise 61 clubs, fielding a total of 124 teams in Saturday league cricket, mainly across South Yorkshire, but reaching also to South Kirkby and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire, and Coal Aston in Derbyshire. 
 
The new league with comprise two sections: 
 
the Premier Section, which will have two divisions, the Premier division and the Championship division, which will be formed from the existing YSPL and the SYSCL Championship respectively 
the Senior Section, which will have eight divisions, currently SYSCL divisions one to eight 
 
The management of the League will be in the hands of an Executive Board, which will be responsible for the overall governance of the league and for common functions such as finance, participation and safeguarding; whilst the two sections will have separate Cricket Committees to be responsible for day-to-day administration. 
 
The membership of the Executive Board and the Cricket Committees will be formalised over the next few weeks, and the new league will come into existence from 1st December 2020, in order that it can be fully operational in time for the 2021 season. 
 
YCSPL chairman designate Matt Summerhill said, “We believe that a single league, as part of the Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid, will put cricket in the South Yorkshire area in the strongest possible position for the future. 
 
“The merger will enable us to have unified decision-making and communication processes and to make economies of scale, and will put us on the same footing as most of the country’s other Premier Leagues, which include feeder leagues as part of their structure.” 
 
The opening day's fixtures can be found here
 
 
For more information please contact: 
 
Matt Summerhill, Interim Chairman or David Ward, Chief Executive 
Yorkshire South Premier League South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League 
07974 182376; chairman@ycspl.co.uk 07753 866144; senior.head@yscpl.co.uk 
 
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