A NEW category of Ordinarily Resident Overseas player will be eligible to figure in the Cheshire County Cricket League next season, following a vote of approval at the January management meeting at, Bowdon.

The new rule will allow a player to be registered who is not qualified to play for England under current ECB regulations, but who holds a tier 1 visa (high valued migrant); tier 2 visa (skilled worker) or tier 4 visa (adult student) or anyone who is an EEC national .

Such applicants must also have been resident in the UK for up to 180 days (six months) immediately prior to playing his first match and not been out of the UK for more than 21days during that time.

Clubs are responsible for obtaining copies of passports with relevant visas with evidence proving residency to satisfy themselves that these players are eligible. This proof does not need to be submitted to Tony Morris when lodging a registration application