Route to finals changed for U13s

ECB U13 National Club Championship

ECB has confirmed the details for the latter stages of the MCC Spirit of Cricket U13 National Club Championship - with some format changes for the 2009 competition.

This competition is the largest competition run by the ECB and 2008 saw 1799 teams enter the competition. The current holders are North Middlesex Cricket Club.

Teams successful at County Finals this year will then enter the National Stages of the competition. This section of the competition has been dramatically increased this year due to the number of Regional Finals being halved to only four.

This will now include one or two play-off rounds prior to the Regional Final.

All the Regional Finals will consist of four teams with semi-finals followed by a Regional Final and a third place play-off – so each club will have two matches on the day.

The dates for the various Play-off Rounds and Regional Finals are:

Tuesday July 28 at Wolverhampton CC (Reserve day Thursday July 30)

Wednesday July 29 at Woodhouse Grange CC, Yorkshire (Reserve day Thurs July 30)

Wednesday July 29 at Axminster CC, Devon (Reserve day Thurs July 30)

Wednesday July 29 at Bishop’s Stortford CC (Reserve day Thurs July 30)

Further details and competition rules can be found on the PDF to download below:

MCC Spirit of Cricket Club Championship 2009 (1.0 MB)

The National Finals Festival at Oakham School will involve the four Regional Finals Winners. The Finals Festival has been reduced from a week to just two days and the competing teams will assemble at Oakham on the afternoon of Wednesday August 12.

All teams play in a round-robin with two matches on the Thursday and the final set of matches on the Friday morning.

Clubs may also find the press release template below useful to download for submitting to local media:

MCC Spirit of Cricket Club Championship 2009 - Press Release Template (1.9 MB)