Llandod cricketers bid for 2016 return

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

LLANDRINDOD Wells Cricket Club have withdrawn from the GB Liners Marches League just a few weeks into the 2015 season.

The Radnorshire club made the difficult decision to notify the league of their intent to withdraw after struggling to fulfil their opening second division fixtures.

However chairman Frank James insisted the club had not followed the road to oblivion taken by county rivals Rhayader and Knighton, who have both disappeared over the past decade.

Plans to return in 2016 are already underway, while the club will maintain their wicket to ensure they are able to reform with James adamant this was not the end.

“We simply did not have sufficient players to continue this season and the club took the difficult decision to withdraw from the GB Liners Marches League,” he said.

“It is our intent to maintain the wicket over the winter as if that is lost then it would be very difficult to re-form ahead of the 2016 season as we intend.”

The bombshell comes just a year after the club marked their 50th anniversary but James pointed to the club’s past as proof they would soon return.

“The club has folded in the past but always reformed and there are records that show the club is 150 years old,” said James. “We are confident of reforming and trying again next season and would hope the GB Liners Marches League accept us.”

Radnorshire has become a graveyard for local cricket in the past decade with Rhayader folding after years of competing in the West Wales Conference, before Knighton also bit the dust.

However James remained confident Llandrindod Wells would return with hopes high the club will be back in the Marches League next summer.

See full story in the County Times

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