Worcestershire have advocated the idea of putting their own team in the Birmingham League for the first time in almost 30 years as a means of helping to solve the row over which local club teams get the services of contracted county players.
The men from New Road have come in for criticism from league champions Walsall following a directive issued by Worcestershire officials that young Academy player Jimmy Taylor should be forced to play his club cricket within the county boundary at Kidderminster Victoria, rather than at Walsall, his preferred choice.
But Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton, while fully aware that the matter is a highly sensitive one with particular regard to the Staffordshire and Shropshire clubs who feel themselves hard done by, sees a potential way forward if the League could be persuaded to allow the county's Academy side, and that of neighbours Warwickshire, to become part of the local pyramid.
Obviously, the lack of a permanent home ground (given the regular unavailability of New Road or Edgbaston) or the absence of a second or third XI would contravene league rules.
Nor does it solve some of the anomalies that exist, with reference to preferential treatment for Warwickshire and Worcestershire clubs over Shropshire and Staffordshire clubs.
But Newton admits the idea of Worcestershire's Academy side being brought into the fold has already been discussed with league officials.
"Over the last few years, Worcestershire has brokered the idea with the Birmingham League that its Academy team should be allowed to play in the Premier Division," said Newton.
"This would not only be good for the players themselves in terms of team ethic and strategy development but would, in our view, enhance the quality of cricket. This occurs in a number of premier leagues around the country and works well.
"We do accept that this would provide some administrative issues for the league and the clubs but nothing is insurmountable if the will is there. We cannot speak for Warwickshire but to have both Academy teams in the league would, in our view, be beneficial on the field and resolve the club allocation issue regarding Academy players.
"We would then allocate the remaining 2nd XI contracted players to Premier League clubs only and I would suggest a way could be found to allocate one to each club, whatever the geographic implications, if both counties were involved."
The idea of Warwickshire and Worcestershire actually competing in the league, rather than simply allowing their off-duty staff players to turn out for club sides on a Saturday, was first taken up in the late 1970s.
Worcestershire joined at the same time as Warwickshire, in 1977. But, while the Bears remained members for 12 years, their youngsters winning the league three times, Worcestershire abandoned their own experiment after just two summers.
While the two factions might still be apart in the long term, Worcestershire have at least made it clear that they are prepared to discuss the matter further.
"We do not wish to appear parochial," said Newton. "Nor do we want to create unnecessary friction with the clubs who do such wonderful work at the recreational level.
"Sometimes, there is a perception we are the big boys who don’t care about the recreational game. Nothing is further from the truth."