Suffolk Cricket Limited is formedMarch 10, 2022
Suffolk Cricket Ltd is formed
CRICKET in the county will be run by a new entity – Suffolk Cricket Ltd.
Suffolk Cricket Board Ltd and Suffolk County Cricket Association have merged to form the new governing body.
The merger took place on Wednesday night following the Suffolk CCA annual general meeting at Copdock & Old Ipswichian CC.
The merger comes as a result of ‘Inspiring Generations’, the 2020-24 game-wide strategy for cricket launched by the ECB in 2019.
One of the key aims of the strategy was to drive governance reform across the game over a two-year period.
As part of the governance reform, the ECB actively encouraged county boards and county clubs to work more closely or effectively to merge operations.
There have always been close ties in Suffolk between the board and county club, who operated as one body between 1970 and 1997 prior to the newly-formed ECB asking each county to establish a county board.
Since then the Suffolk Cricket Board and Suffolk CCA have continued to work alongside one another, although each has had a separate chairman but the same secretary and treasurer.
Nick Shrubshall, who was Chair of the Suffolk Cricket Board, said: “The role of the Suffolk Cricket Board, has been to oversee the development of cricket within the county, mainly centred around the operational capabilities, and the implementation of ECB policy and requirements.
“The development and direction that we are now part of has highlighted the need to bring all parties together, and the amalgamation of the Cricket Club and the Board is part of cementing the future of cricket for all of those associated with the game.
“We look forward to a positive future working with all areas of the business and the continued success of the county team within a framework that will enable it to thrive.”
Andrew Squire, who was Chair of Suffolk County Cricket Association, said: “The merger is key for the future of Suffolk Cricket moving forward with the new County Partner Agreements (CPA) governance framework and compliance demands we are having to meet.
“This will allow us to work more closely together and focus on the current landscape to ensure cricket is a ‘game-for-all’.
“The key to all of this is to provide the support to our development team out there in the field to create more opportunities and the right environment for our young cricketers to develop into Suffolk representative players and beyond.”
The directors of Suffolk Cricket Ltd were elected as follows:
Nick Shrubshall (former Chair of SCB)
Andrew Squire (former Chair of SCCA)
Toby Pound (former director of SCB and secretary of SCCA)
Rob Jones (current operations manager of SCB)
The intention of the SCL Board is to appoint at least two further directors to fill the vacant positions of finance director and commercial director. These positions will be advertised in due course.
All existing Suffolk CCA members – both clubs and individuals – will be able to apply for membership of SCL.
Nick Shrubshall (left) and Andrew Squire (right) are pictured above after the merger took place on Wednesday evening at Copdock & Old Ipswichian CC.