New Bristol Midweek T20 League launches on Wednesday

THE new Bristol Midweek T20 League gets underway on Wednesday with a Division Four clash between Pucklechurch and neighbours Chipping Sodbury (6.15pm).

Organiser Adam Young had hoped a total of 20 teams would sign up for the new initiative but he was bowled over when a superb total of 41 sides applied to take part.

Adam said:

“There seemed to be a lot of clubs last season on Facebook looking for midweek fixtures so that’s where the idea came from. The reaction has been fantastic, I never thought it would be this popular.”

The new competition caters for teams at all levels, from WEPL-standard clubs right through to social sides as well as players – male and female – of all abilities, including youngsters.

Adam has tried to minimise travelling with a further emphasis on making the organisational side as straightforward as possible for clubs who have only a handful of regulations to follow and are expected to adhere to a ‘spirit of cricket’ approach.

Clubs will play each other home and away on whatever midweek day suits them best with a deadline of August 26 to complete all games and sign off promotions and relegations.

Because of the developmental aims of the league, WEPL players can take a full part in Premier Division matches but in divisions one-to-nine they cannot bowl and must retire once reaching 50.

Adam added:

“We’re looking forward to a great season, all we need now is for this weather to continue!”

Premier Division: Bristol, Downend, Pak Bristolians, Twyford House.

Division One: Bath, Hanham, Thornbury, Winterbourne.

Division Two: Almondsbury, Bitton, Aces, Frenchay, hambrook.

Division Three: Bedminster, Failand & Portbury, Knowle, Portishead.

Division Four: Chipping Sodbury, Jonboys Juggernauts, Pucklechurch, Westerleigh.

Division Five: Golden Hill, Long Ashton, OB Westbury, University Staff.

Division Six: Bristol Kannada, Carsons & Mangotsfield, Churchways, Frampton Cotterell.

Division Seven: Hope, Saltford, Tamil Nadu, Whitchurch.

Division Eight: Alveston, Patchway, Stoke Gifford, UBH.

Division Nine: Charlton Super Kings, Crossbats, Nailsea, Stoke Bishop.

For fixtures and results, visit:

Sign up to the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation newsletter