Yorkshire Premier League Cricket has officially been launched with a special dinner at York Cricket Club.
Leading figures from the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) attended the dinner alongside officials from the four Premier Leagues (Yorkshire League North, Yorkshire League South, North Yorkshire South Durham League and the Bradford League) and representatives from the competing clubs, with chairman Mick Drury and 1st XI captain Danny Broumpton there on behalf of Driffield Town Cricket Club.
Also joining the celebrations were the York & District Senior League, the South Yorkshire League, the Halifax League, the Wetherby League, the Nidderdale League and the York Vale League, all of whom will form a pyramid structure below the Premier Leagues.
During the dinner, the draw for the end of season play-off semi-finals, where the winner of each league will compete for a place in the final, was made by ECB chairman Colin Graves and Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie.
The teams were drawn from the White Rose Trophy, which has been donated to Yorkshire Premier League cricket by the officials of the now defunct under 21 competition.
The semi-finals will see the champions of Yorkshire League North play the winners of Yorkshire League South at North Marine Road, Scarborough, whilst the victors in the Bradford League will face-off with the top side in the North Yorkshire South Durham League at Headingley.
Both games will be played on Saturday 17th September, leaving Sunday 18th September as a reserve day if the weather intervenes.
The winners of each tie will progress to the final in Abu Dhabi which is due to take place in October.
During their time in the United Arab Emirates, the finalists will practice and play in a warm-up match apiece before they play each other in the day/night final at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, a regular venue for both Test and one-day international fixtures.