Hunmanby chairman calls for rule change

Hunmanby CC as they were a couple of years ago
Hunmanby CC as they were a couple of years ago

Hunmanby chairman Kevin Atkinson is calling for change after the village club slumped into a crisis.

A host of players departed the Beckett League division B club over the winter and now a further three have left, leaving Hunmanby is deep trouble.

Leigh Franks and Nick Ringrose left for Flixton, while Matty Pearson went to Staxton. Now skipper Ryan Baldry, his brother Dan and Chris Crawford have gone to Sherburn.

This leaves the club, which also has a team in the Derwent Valley League, struggling for players.

The same happened to Hunmanby six years ago, and they were forced to battle their way up from the Derwent Valley set-up and restore themselves back in the Beckett League.

Atkinson feels that the two leagues should clamp down on this sort of mass exodus, which could leave the club in deep trouble.

He said: “The league need to have a look at this, you can’t have that many players moving from a club to another club because it causes so many problems.

“You should have a set squad put together four weeks before the season starts and then the transfers should stop.

“We are heading back to where we were six seasons ago, we are having a meeting and we’ll have to sort something out.

“Certain players find their level and then when things don’t work out they decide to move on.

“I feel sorry for people like Paul Hunt, who have done all the running around trying to keep the club going.”

Hunmanby currently sit at the foot of the B division going into Saturday’s game at Grindale.

They have amassed just 23 points from five games, due to the fact that their previous two matches were rained off.