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Bigger points plus bonus agreed to decide top prize in North West

By Ian Callender

It will be all change in the North West next season with bonus points introduced and 20 points for a win throughout the leagues.

The changes were proposed and accepted at the union's annual meeting which also agreed that the traditional two-day Senior Cup final could, for the first time, be reduced to a one-innings match.

If the first day's play is rained off, then it will be a 50 overs final, on the Saturday.

The bonus points system in the Premiership will be based on the Leinster League with up to five points available, for both the winners and losers, depending on the margin of victory. Also, if a game is abandoned after two attempts each club will get five points.

However, the preferred starting time for weekend games remains 1pm. Despite five clubs proposing noon starts, only three voted for it on the night.

The election of officers was delayed until the next meeting in the spring.

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