DARREN FOREMAN: Oriel demise highlights the task at hand

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It was very saddening to hear of Oriel Cricket Club’s resignation last week.

One of the town’s better-known sporting clubs, Oriel used to have second teams and now they can’t even raise one.

It just highlights the huge problems we have with grassroots sport now.

Fewer youngsters are wanting to play sport now, highlighted by the amount of cricket teams having to withdraw from the leagues.

Even a club like Hunmanby may have to pull out of the leagues, which is just staggering.

The leagues haven’t changed with the times, but there is also a funding issue here too.

If you go abroad to places like Germany, you’ll see superb, state-of-the-art sporting facilities in most towns.

We have poor facilities here, but across the country I’d wager they aren’t the best.

It’s not just an issue of facilities though, is it?

I’m involved with Cayton’s football and cricket teams, and we have some of the best facilities around.

We have a decent ground, good sized changing rooms and a bar, but we still struggle for players at times.

It looks like there needs to be changes made before other teams fall by the wayside.

The Masters started this week and as usual, the build-up has been immense.

I’ve backed Charl Schwartzel at 33/1, to win it.

The course suits left-handed players and he also putts well, which is crucial at Augusta.

There is an absolutely massive game in the Premier League this Sunday as Liverpool host Man City, knowing if they can get a win they’ll really boost their title hopes.

I still think City will win it and then go on to secure the title, but it should be a cracking game.

I’m going 2-1 to City.

Being a Southampton fan, I was very disappointed to see Jay Rodriguez (pictured above) suffer an injury that rules him out of contention for a World Cup spot.

I’m not sure he’d have gone anyway, but it’s still a blow to him and the Saints and hopefully he’ll recover quickly.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Well done to Leicester City (pictured above) on their promotion to the Premier League over the weekend. Nigel Pearson has done a superb job there.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“Now with Leeds I have the chance to drive a bigger car in relation to its potential, a stadium with 35,000 fans and a downhill road.”

New Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.