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Cricket: Fears at lack of young players; CLUB CRICKET.

Byline: By Nick Pullen

ROMSLEY are reeling from the threat of relegation from top-flight Worcestershire League cricket - because they cannot field a youth side.

The Halesowen outfit fear they could be forced to drop from Division One to Division Three next term owing to their lack of youngsters.

Secretary Bernard Williams described the ruling as ridiculous and confirmed it had left a huge cloud hanging over the club.

Williams said: "We're within a mile of Halesowen Cricket Club who must have 150 kids on their books.

"They're a fashionable club, while we're not, and as a result all the local kids interested in cricket want to go there.

"We thought we'd done a deal with an Asian group. But at the last minute they decided to join Old Halesonians instead."

Williams added: "We didn't expect to get promoted to Division One last season, we only went up by default.

"Since then we've been under considerable pressure to meet the criteria required.

"We've improved our facilities considerably and must have one of the best squares in the Worcestershire League after bringing in a fully qualified groundsman."

Romsley have appealed against the ruling, but have yet to be given a date for the hearing.

In the meantime Romsley are still looking for youngsters to join the club.

Anyone interested are asked to contact Williams on 07866-763435.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 3, 2006
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