Mick Norris wrote:If the MCCU did have a Minor competition, we could argue for a change
Would the MCCU arguing really
be a change?
Because the MCCU has one Open split into two divisions (say A and B), then we get 3 from A and 2 from B for the purposes of our nominations; A to the Open, B to the Minor.
If 2 teams enter A and 6 teams enter B, then there seems to be considerable logic in having 3 nominations for the Minor Open, on the proviso that our B is run to those particular rules. In other words, if you run a Minor section, and it has 5 or more counties in it, you get 3 nominations just as you would if it were any other section?
The MCCU would need flexibility within its rules to allow for that to happen at potentially short notice. How often is the mean grade of teams over 180? Greater Manchester would be the barometer, I guess, as the team who've just dropped down.
In the Warwickshire v Staffordshire game last year, Warwickshire's mean grade was 173; within the Minor requirements.
Lincolnshire won Division Two last year. Their mean grades were:
176 v Leicestershire
176 v Derbyshire
176 v Worcestershire
Leicestershire finished second last year. They whipped out Mark Hebden in one game, and were still averaging only 174.
So it seems to me that if Division Two were played to Minor rules, there'd be absolutely no difference whatsoever to the games. So I think it's definitely something we should be considering.