Northern Premier Cricket League
The Northern Premier Cricket League is a cricket league in the North West of England and has been governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board and ECB Premier Leagues since 2000. Prior to that date it was known as the Northern Cricket League.
The League comprises two divisions – Division One for First XIs and Division Two for Second XIs.
The Northern Cricket League was founded on 10 November 1951, in controversial circumstances.
Several of the clubs in the west of the area covered by the Ribblesdale League had been unhappy for some time about the format of that League. The League had a membership of 18 clubs which meant that only 5 opponents in the League were played against twice per season whilst the remainder were played against once. This group of clubs met secretly on 7 October 1951 and produced a handwritten document which stated:
The following Ribblesdale League clubs:- Blackpool, Chorley, Darwen, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Leyland, Morecambe, St Annes being duly authorised by their respective Committees are resolved from this meeting to request the Ribblesdale League to form a West Section, comprising the above named clubs together with Leyland Motors, Furness and Kendal. Failing agreement on the part of the Ribblesdale League the above eight clubs pledge themselves to resign forthwith from the Ribblesdale League and to create a new league, which would include an invitation to Leyland Motors, Furness, Kendal and Preston.
At the AGM of the Ribblesdale League, held in Whalley on 10 November 1951, the motion was proposed to form West and East sections with the West section comprising Blackpool, Chorley, Darwen, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Leyland, Morecambe, and St Annes, plus two new clubs Furness and Kendal (both from the North Lancashire Cricket League) along with Leyland Motors if they wished to play in the West section.
After discussion the vote was 9–9 and was defeated on the casting vote of the President who had earlier expressed distaste at the way the western clubs had acted.
The eight clubs duly resigned from the Ribblesdale League, as did Leyland Motors, and representatives of these clubs along with those of Furness and Kendal then met at the Swan Hotel in Whalley where the Northern Cricket League was formed. Preston Cricket Club were invited to join the new league as the twelfth team. The invitation was accepted but they remained in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition for one further year before participating in the Northern Cricket League's second season in 1953.
- Leyland CC merged with BTR CC in 2000 and was known as Leyland and Farington CC. Leyland and Farington in turn merged with Leyland Motors CC in 2007 to form Leyland CC.
- Darwen 1952–2016
- Furness 1952–1958
- Leyland Motors 1952–2007. See Leyland CC above. Between 1991 and 2000 the club was known as Leyland DAF CC.
- Carnforth 2006-2012
- Lancashire Academy 2010-2014
Division One champions
Most Division One Championship wins
|16||Blackpool (including one shared)|
National Club Cricket Championship honours
|1996||Chorley Cricket Club – runners-up|
|1995||Chorley Cricket Club – winners|
|1994||Chorley Cricket Club – winners|
|1992||Kendal Cricket Club – runners-up|
|1990||Blackpool Cricket Club – winners|
|1975||Blackpool Cricket Club – runners-up|