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D-day For Clubs To Decide . . .

posted Mar 6, 2017, 11:40 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 11:40 AM ]
The League's March executive committee meeting on Tuesday the 7th is 'D-day' for clubs to decide the number of teams they will be fielding this season.

Bowler shortage has led to the withdrawals of three teams from the main Friday divisions, which will be confirmed at the meeting at Wellington's Sir John Bayley Club (7.30pm).

Hadley USC, suffering after being relegated from the Shropshire Premier League, will only be able to field one side in the first division, Albrighton have dropped one of their two Friday sides and Bowring have been forced to pull out their C team from division three.

The consolations for league officials is that Sir John Bayley, winners of a stunning three divisional titles last year, have decided to field an extra Friday side and Donnington Wood have accepted promotion from division four.

Trench have also been accepted into the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division, taking that back up to 13 teams, but Chelmarsh, Highley and Charlton B have all withdrawn from the Saturday Division to leave it with just seven sides. 

Clubs also have until the key meeting to apply to field extra teams but, after it, any club that withdraws a side faces potential punishment in terms of a fine.

The executive meeting will also finalise match fees and prize money levels, competition dates and the make-up of the new disciplinary committee to apply the league’s new Code of Conduct passed at the AGM.