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Monday, 25 May 2015

Stocksfield add to numbers

CRICKET: TO cater for extra demand, Stocksfield Cricket Club have introduced a fourth team in time for the 2013 season.

Stocksfield IV have been accepted into the second division of the West Tyne League to take the club’s total in the local league to three.

Competition for places at the club is at a premium and the decision was made to enter the fourth team to prevent disappointing those that were missing out.

The additional team will also provide a platform for youngsters to make the transition to senior cricket, while also allowing more elderly cricketers in the area to return to the game.

Chairman at Stocksfield, Chris Catnach, said: “Last year, in the middle of the season, we had seven or eight decent players who were reserves for the third team, and there was some frustration.

“We lost one or two to other clubs too, so we thought we had the potential to run a fourth team even though it will be a lot of hard work.

“But we seem to have enough youngsters coming through and wanting to play so we are going to give it a go.”

He added: “We may also attract people who are wanting to ‘unhang’ their bats and they are welcome to join us for indoor nets in February.”

Stocksfield IV's introduction into the West Tyne League keeps the numbers at 22 over the two divisions as they will take the place of Bellingham Riverdale who folded towards the back end of the last campaign.

Joining the 12 team Division One is second division champions South Northumberland, with Newton swapping places following their relegation.

The junior leagues will also be strengthened with two new teams in the U13 League, both Allendale and Matfen submitting teams for 2013.