Scarborough and Beeford juniors quit league

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Scarborough under-13s and Beeford under-11s have become the latest cricket teams to quit their respective leagues.

Following the withdrawal of five senior teams, these latest exits show how widespread the crisis in local league cricket is at present.

Malcolm Maw, secretary of the Greenwood Hire Derwent Valley Junior Cricket League, said: “Scarborough CC have informed me that they have had to withdraw one of their under-13s teams due to a lack of players. They are to continue with their team in Zone One and have withdrawn the team in Zone Two.

“This unfortunately means two less games for teams in Zone Two and that Cayton CC will receive a bye into the second round of the cup competition.”

Maw added: “Unfortunately Beeford under-11s are now pulling out due to a lack of numbers. They have also indicated that they will be playing with eight players in the under-13s league.

“This means that teams in Zone One of the under-11s league will have one less fixture, with Seamer CC now without a match this Friday evening. It also means that Cayton will have a bye straight through to the second round of the cup competition.

“I am also aware that other clubs are struggling for numbers so fear that we might have a few more withdrawals.”