A HOST of Powys clubs can look forward to playing cricket at a higher level next summer.

Six third placed teams and a further four fourth placed sides have been promoted as the Shropshire County Cricket League committee confirmed the composition. 

However, Newtown’s third place finish in the first division was not enough to seal a place in the premier league. 

Montgomery are back in division two despite ending fourth in division three last summer with the Lymore club making the step up following the demise of Trysull and Seisdon Cricket Club.


A club spokesman said: "The club is excited to have the first team back in division two after just one year in division three.

"It was a closely fought battle at the top of division three in 2022 with some close encounters against Broseley, Quatt IIs and Column.

"We felt we were right up there and could have beaten any team on our day, with some good performances and huge contributions from new signings Shaun Randall and Nathan Smith.

"We're thrilled to be back in division two and have the chance to face these sides again as well as some old foes in what looks a competitive renewal of the second division for the 2024 season."

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Guilsfield are among four sides promoted from division four with the villagers relishing a second successive promotion following another stellar campaign.

A club spokesman said: “It’s our third promotion in four years so a tremendous achievement for club. There are a lot of things happening both on and off the pitch so we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Both Newtown IIs and Llanidloes have also been promoted from division five to four with Bishop’s Castle going in the opposite direction following relegation.

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Llanidloes captain Andrew Jones said: “We’re a bit shocked but also very pleased with  the promotion to division four. 

“We suffered badly in 2018 after being sent from division four to seven after a league re-structure, so it feels like we are back to where we were before that set-back.

“The league have promoted four teams across four divisions, and must really be commended for this. 

“Many clubs who finished the season disappointed can now look to next year with a real purpose to do well in an higher league.”

Alberbury IIs make the step up to division six while Guilsfield IIs will join division seven.