Giles Clarke is set to continue as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board after receiving the backing of the 18 first-class teams who play in the County Championship and the MCC.
Elections papers will now be distributed to the ECB's full membership, which comprises 41 first-class teams and county boards and the MCC, which oversees the laws of the game. When businessman and lawmaker Jonathan Marland dropped out of the nomination process, 14 of 16 votes had been cast for Clarke. "I would like to thank Lord Marland, who is after all a very experienced election campaigner, and also all the counties that voted for me," Clarke said Monday. "I believe that the over riding message from this election is that there is no division of purpose within first class cricket in England and Wales." If confirmed in the role, Clarke would serve until March 31, 2011.