Brockhampton's success will help Herefordshire - Morgan

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Herefordshire's cricket manager Ernie Morgan believes Brockhampton winning Birmingham Premier League status will have knock-on benefits for the Minor Counties squad.

Morgan says the south Herefordshire club's debut season in the top level of league cricket can only be good for the county side.

"When you look at other sides, virtually every player in a Minor Counties team is a Premier League cricketer, or they play for a first-class county's second XI or are a universities player," he said.

"In Herefordshire, this is the first time we have ever had a club side in a Premier League since they were formed.

"It means that on a Saturday players are competing at an equivalent level to Minor Counties as if you are playing village cricket there is no comparison.

"A number of our Minor Counties side have moved to play for Brockhampton as they obviously needed to boost their squad and that is good for all concerned."

Previously Herefordshire's Minor Counties squad was largely selected from West Midlands players, but in recent years there has been an increasing amount of home-grown talent making the step up.

Morgan says other clubs in the county have the potential to emulate Brockhampton's achievements and, if they rise to the challenge, then the future for Herefordshire Minor Counties cricket would be looking bright.

"I just hope other clubs in the county can follow Brockhampton's approach and make a concerted approach to get into the Birmingham Premier League," he said.

"Unless you are playing regularly at that level you will always struggle in Minor Counties cricket.

"In the Birmingham Premier League you are going to be challenged by all the second XI players from Warwickshire and Worcestershire plus a lot of overseas professionals."

Herefordshire will open their Minor Counties Championship Western Division season with a home match against Cornwall at Eastnor starting on Sunday, 10 June.

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