The 2018 season sees an interesting new development for the very long-established Lincolnshire County Cricket League - the largest in the region with 48 teams playing in five divisions.
Founded in 1963, the league will see something different.
The national governing body of cricket, the ECB, has asked competitions across the country to play a part in attracting new players to the sport and retaining those we have.
This follows a survey suggesting that shorter games are what many players want to see, with the Twenty20 format enjoying major interest at county and international levels.
In response, our league has launched a new competition for teams in Divisions Three and Four, to complement their existing league fixtures.
Supplementary Cup games will be restricted to 30 overs an innings - rather than the traditional 50 or 45 which will continue to apply in league games.
Feedback from clubs will be considered at the end of the 2018 season to see how the new format has been received.
Our league is always keen to attract new clubs and additional teams.
Those wishing to apply for membership should note that the closing date is July 31.
All clubs taking part must be based within the Lincolnshire geographical county.
Election depends on a satisfactory ground inspection and acceptance by member clubs at October's annual general meeting.
Applications should be made to the General Secretary by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs belonging to the Lincolnshire League are always looking to recruit additional players and volunteers to help behind the scenes.
Contact the league by email to be put in touch with a club, or clubs, in your area.
Lastly, the league would like to pay tribute to the valued contribution made by those who umpire our games in the Lincoln, Scunthorpe and Grimsby areas and the many volunteers who help prepare the grounds and the teas.
Our league sponsor is Kookaburra Reader - the UK's No.1 Cricket Ball Supplier - to whom thanks is extended.