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Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year (stock photo)

Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year (stock photo)

Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year (stock photo)

Club delegates in the North West have voted for a radical reform of their league and cup competitions, starting this year.

With nine teams in the Premiership, there will be no automatic relegation, although with a return to a 10-team league in 2021, the bottom team will have to play off against the runners-up in the Championship to decide the extra team next year.

Teams will be ever more dependent on the weather from next year, however, with no rearrangements for any league games postponed on the day, and teams will take no points for any 'no results'.

All games from 2021 will also be played with white balls and in coloured clothing.

From this season, the Senior Cup will be seeded, with last year's Premiership teams being kept apart and drawn against the eight unseeded teams, namely Ballyspallen plus this year's six Championship teams and The Nedd. The first round draw takes place on Monday lunchtime.

The proposals were not entirely accepted en bloc. The Review Document, sent to all clubs, had all games starting at 11am, but the Union committee and delegates agreed that 12 noon would be an acceptable compromise.

Belfast Telegraph