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Seconds drop out of league
LIAM Toohill has moved to reassure people that cricket will continue to be available for everyone at Brewery Field despite the withdrawal of the club’s second-string from Dorset League Division Five North & West.
Bridport have taken the drastic measure due to player availability but plans are in place to ensure the youngsters at the club continue to develop.
Toohill said: “On August 4, the first team only had 10 players and the second team had just eight or nine.
“Had we had 11 in the first team we would have stood a better chance of winning and on the day you could not help but think every time the ball went through a gap in the field, had we had 11 someone would have been there.
“That issue of player availability is the main reason why the committee decided to withdraw the seconds with immediate effect but there will still be cricket available for everyone and plans are in place to address the situation even further ahead of next season.
“We have such a young squad at present and we are determined to carry that forward together.”
Commenting further, Toohill added: “The future of Bridport Cricket Club is one team but if we get an influx of members we will start to introduce a friendly team.
“The plan for next season is to have one Saturday team and a midweek team which will predominantly be a Colts side for 16 year-olds that have come out of youth cricket. It will also be used to give those that did not play at the weekend a midweek game.”
Bridport dropped to the foot of Division Three last Saturday after going down to a 113-run defeat at Ferndown Wayfarers.