Only one side will be relegated from the Northants Cricket League in 2013 after a proposal to change to two was defeated at the Annual General Meeting.
This was the most significant development at the meeting which was held in Wollaston on Wednesday evening.
In fact, in what was a fairly routine affair, the three proposed changes to the rules by member clubs were defeated with the result that the league in 2013 will be virtually the same as this year.
The only major change was the addition of three new sides to the bottom division, namely Brixworth 4th, Barby 3rd and Wellingborough Indians 3rd.
With regard to the league officials, the departing vice chairman Howard Cooke was replaced by Keith Parsons.
The proposal to increase the number of sides relegated from the top division to two, and double the number promoted from Division One, was put forward by Peterborough Town, as was the case 12 months previous.
But with a two-thirds majority required from the 24 sides able to vote, the motion was dismissed after it could only claim a 14-10 tally.
A league recommendation that the three up, three down system employed from Division Five down be changed to two up, two down was opposed by Findeon Dolben and unanimously defeated.
Also failing to find any real support was Overstone Park’s idea that, from divisions 6-14, average points be used to decide league positions rather than total points.
After a short debate, this proposal failed to be seconded and was cast aside.
The thought that all games in division 6-14 start at 1pm, which was put forward by Wellingborough Town, was also lacking in support.
It was revealed that the league are sitting on a cash surplus in excess of £23,000 and after the top table were questioned as to what plans were in place for the money to be used to benefit the members, the clubs were asked to forward any ideas that they had.