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Thursday Place Up For Grabs

posted Feb 12, 2014, 3:00 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
Wanted . . . one more team to complete a 14-strong line-up for the launch of the league’s Thursday Division this year.

That’s the plea to the league’s 27 member clubs after Highley Miners Welfare withdrew their interest in the new eight-a-side division at a special meeting on Monday, February 10, to settle its schedule.

Having set a maximum of 14 teams for the first season of a division that boasts a unique points scoring system, the 13 other clubs that had expressed an interest confirmed they were going ahead.

“But we do now have one space vacant as, in an ideal world, we want an even number of teams so that there are no byes,” said secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

“Maddocks considered joining since the meeting but have decided against it. But if there is another club interested we would love to hear from them, preferably by the league’s March meeting at the latest as the fixtures then have to go to the printers for the handbook.”

Any club interested is urged to contact either Malcolm or scrutineer Ric Hudson ASAP.

The league have already been offered a trophy to go to the champions and the old division seven award, last won by Donnington Wood, will go to the runners-up.

Match fees will be 25p per player and, providing there are 14 teams, a £600 prize fund will be divided between the top six teams - the winners receiving £200, runners-up £150, third £100, fourth £75, fifth £50 and sixth £25. 

The 13 clubs who have confirmed they will be competing are: Allscott, Charlton, Wrockwardine Wood, Newport, Ercall Magna, Hadley USC, Donnington Wood, St Georges, Sir John Bayley, Sinclair, Shifnal, Bowring and Madeley Cricket Club.

Allscott have confirmed they are entering a new B team in the league’s Saturday Divisions – and there is still time for more new applications. But Bridgnorth have withdrawn their A team.