West Norfolk Cricket preview: Less teams and divisions but competition will still be fierce

The West Norfolk Cricket League begins tomorrow, weather permitting, with five teams and one division less than last season.

Founder members Grimston, The Creakes, Necton, Heacham B have all folded while two Swanton Morley teams have moved to the Norfolk Cricket League. Bircham B have joined leaving one division of 10 and three leagues with nine teams.

Despite the blow, league secretary Kevin Fisher believes the issue is commonplace across all grassroots sports and is unlikely to threaten the future of cricket in the area.

He said: 'Some youngsters don't want to get involved because cricket can take up the whole day and there's too many other distractions.

'Local football is suffering with a lack of teams - it's a sign of the times. People want to play but less are willing to help and volunteer.

'Clubs that do compete enjoy healthy competition and I'm sure it'll be another competitive year.'

Players who have played matches in the Premier or Division One of the Norfolk Alliance this season will be unable to drop down and compete in the league. A transfer embargo will for the final two weeks of the campaign.

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Fisher said: 'Rule changes stop better players coming in for key matches. That, and improved umpiring, should make matches fairer this season.'