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CRICKET: County blow.

THIS year's North Wales intercounty championship will be contested by just five counties after struggling Anglesey pulled out.

Following problems last year, the island association has now withdrawn from the annual regional competition ahead of the opening round of fixtures next month.

A shortage of both players and officials prompted the reluctant decision but other North Wales counties are hoping the situation might be resolved in the future.

Meanwhile Denbighshire, who have won the North Wales title 26 times, should launch their challenge with a win in their first match against Merionethshire at Mochdre on June 8.

Tougher tests in the 50 overs games will follow against Montgomeryshire at Newtown on June 22 andCaernarfonshire at Marchwiel on July 20,leading up to a possible championship decider against holders Flintshire at Northop Hall on August 10.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 6, 2003
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