High Lane’s withdrawal reduces league to nine

The covers at Dove Holes Cricket Club
The covers at Dove Holes Cricket Club

High Lane’s withdrawal from the PS Derbyshire and Cheshire League means that the Second and Fourth Divisions have been reduced to nine sides.

The club’s decision to bow out of the league comes after the club struggled to field two senior sides this year.

As a result, the club has pulled out of the competition with immediate effect, with both its first and second XI exiting their respective divisions.

High Lane had been members of the DCCL since 2000.

League spokesman Ian Halford confirmed that the results of the games played so far will stand and that the rest of the fixtures in 2014 will be deemed as forfeited, with points automatically being awarded to the opposition.

He said: “Unfortunately High Lane CC resigned from the league with immediate effect as soon as it became clear they did not have sufficient players to field two senior sides.

“The results of the games played will stand and the rest of the fixtures in 2014 will be deemed as forfeited and points awarded to the opposition.

“The league tried to support the club to continue, but they have ceased playing as High Lane and I believe they are now operating as Norbury CC’s 2nd XI for this season.

“This is especially upsetting for me as I was High Lane’s Chairman up to two years ago, and when I left it was as healthy as it had been in years.”

The DCCL are now actively seeking additional clubs to join the league, and are looking to speak to those interested.

Meanwhile, for the second time in the space of a fortnight, rain was the only winner in the league programme last Saturday.

Torrential downpours battered the area, leading to no play at any ground.

This Saturday sides will be hoping to get back into the swing of things.

In Division One, league leaders Hayfield host Hawk Green, whilst winless pair Woodley and Birch Vale clash.

In Division Two, Buxton host New Mills looking to follow up their maiden win of the season.

There is also a full fixture list in Divisions Three and Four.