League gains ECB status
The North Yorkshire and South Durham Cricket League has been awarded England and Wales Cricket Board Premier League status from 2012.
The league will join 25 other ECB Premier Leagues across England and Wales who run competitions at the top level of club cricket.
The North Yorkshire and South Durham League is an exciting addition to the ECB Premier League portfolio and will broaden access to the highest level of club competition and club development across England and Wales.
All 14 clubs in the league have achieved clubmark status and have met and exceeded criteria required to compete in an ECB Premier League.
The concept of ECB Premier Leagues was introduced in 1997 with the aim of raising the playing standard of the top tier of club cricket and to bridge the gap between recreational cricket and the first-class game.
Birmingham and District was the first league to gain ECB Premier League status in 1998 and a national network of Premier Leagues was established in 1999 when 11 other leagues were awarded ECB Premier League status.
In order to gain ECB Premier League status the leagues must meet an assessment criteria and receive accreditation from the ECB on an annual basis.
ECB head of non first-class cricket Paul Bedford said: “I’m delighted the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cricket League have gained ECB Premier League status.
“I would like to commend the league and clubs for their hard work and commitment to achieving and in many cases exceeding the criteria for Premier League status.
“The addition of the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cricket League to the ECB Premier League portfolio is a great boost for cricket in the North East of England and further extends the access to top tier club cricket across England and Wales.”