If you have a story call our newsdesk on 01722 426511 or email us. To advertise call 01722 426500.
Ellingham’s promotion decision hangs in the balance
ELLINGHAM must wait until the end of October to know if they will be allowed to join Division 3 of the Southern Electric Premier League next season.
The club finished up in the runners-up place in County Division 1 of the Hampshire League and this could gain them promotion if they meet all the criteria laid down by the Southern League.
However, there is a sticking point in that their ground is not protected from ponies and cattle and the Southern League regulations state “the ground must be secured against incursion of free roaming livestock”.
However, this rule does not indicate if it is on a permanent basis or only during match days.
It will be up to the Hampshire Cricket Board to submit a report to the Southern League with their recommendations.
The league’s executive management committee will read the report and then make the final decision.
Southern League secretary Steve Vear said that the Hampshire Cricket Board’s grounds facilities committee will judge all the clubs’ standard of accreditation and then advise the league on their findings.
However, if permanent fencing is mandatory, Ellingham will be unable to fulfil this requirement as the New Forest’s authorities will not grant a request to fence the whole ground. Fencing, that is allowed, already protects the playing square.