Staithes 2nds the latest team to call time

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Beckett League official John Crossland believes that local cricket is doing all it can to arrest the current crisis.

Staithes 2nds are the latest team to call time from their stay in division C of the Beckett League, following on from the resignations of Oriel and Hunmanby from the Derwent Valley League.

Rumours are also rife that other teams may be struggling for players ahead of the new Beckett and Derwent Valley seasons.

“It is a problem that has been looming for a while,” said Crossland, who has overseen the Beckett League for a number of years.

“It seems that there are more things to do on a Saturday than play cricket. It has become a struggle to keep players playing after they get to the age of 15.

“There is a lack of people wanting to take responsibilty as well. Clubs need somebody to keep them in shape, as soon as the admin disappears then things soon fall apart.

“I can’t see it getting any better for a while, there could be a struggle ahead.”

Crossland added: “We are trying to keep things up to speed and keep things modern. The start times have been brought forward and over rates have been sped up so games can be done for 7pm or before.

“We have brought the Admin Centre in on the website as well, which should make things a bit easier.

“I don’t think it helps that cricket isn’t on terrestrial television anymore.

“When England won the Ashes about 10 years ago and it was shown on terrestrial television it created a bit of interest and things picked up for a few years.

“Unfortunately, sport in general is struggling at the moment though, it isn’t just limited to the game of cricket.”