Bathurst Orange Inter District Cricket (BOIDC) is set to make a revival after almost 12 years, after a majority of the Bathurst clubs opted in favour of joining with their Orange counterparts.
Centennials Bulls was the only Bathurst-based team to not nominate for the 2019-20 competition at the Bathurst District Cricket Association (BDCA) annual general meeting on Wednesday night, as there are doubts whether it will be able to field a first grade team regardless of the merger or not.
Bathurst City, City Colts, Rugby Union and defending premiers St Pat's Old Boys will all join with an unconfirmed amount Orange teams for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
BDCA secretary Brad Broes believes the revival of the BOIDC is the right move for cricket in the region.
"To be honest, I thought we should have been there last season, if not the season before. It makes all the sense in the world," he said.
"You have Mudgee and Gulgong merging together, in Albury-Wodonga, they've been merged for the past 12 years.
"I think a short half hour trip to Orange is not a problem at all.
"It'll give a good, wider variety of competition and the big aim is to breath life back into Bathurst cricket."
Broes said it's likely that four Orange clubs will nominate for the 2019-20 season, bringing the total amount of competing teams in the new competition up to eight.
He said the merge between Bathurst and Orange will only happen in first grade, although he didn't rule out lower grades merging in the future.
The BOIDC previously ran from the 1992-93 season to the 2006-07 season.
In those 15 years, the old St Pat's club (1995-96) and ORC (1996-97, 1997-98 and 1999-00) were the only Bathurst-based teams to win the competition.
In the past three years, BDCA has seen Blayney and ORC withdraw from first grade, with Centennials Bulls likely to follow suit.
At the AGM, there were no changes to the key positions on the committee, with Campbell Graham remaining as president, Brad Broes as secretary, Anthony Cosgrove as treasurer and Stephen Cain as vice-president.