Sudbury Cricket Club have seen their application to be reinstated in the region’s top level of cricket rejected, but there will be no repercussions with losing players.
That is according to new first-team captain Jonathan Phillips, who insists the club’s preparations for the new season have not been affected by the fall-out of Clacton withdrawing from the East Anglian Premier League.
It means Sudbury will continue with their preparations for their return to Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, which starts on April 19.
“From a players’ point-of-view, we had always been preparing for Witham away as the first game of the season,” said opening batsman Phillips. “The decision has been made and we will carry on as normal.
“Training has been going well and we have managed to keep all our players, with the exception of Adam Mansfield who has gone to Bury as he wanted to play in the Premier League, which is a decision we respect.”
He added Suffolk wicketkeeper Mansfield will play for Sudbury’s Sunday side still though.
Suffolk’s James Poulson will be vice-captain.
After three years at the top level of domestic cricket in East Anglia, the Talbots suffered relegation last season under captain Darren Batch.
But financial pressures led to Clacton withdrawing and there was a glimmer of hope Sudbury could be reinstated.
That was put to bed by the league’s management committee though, who announced late last week they will go into the upcoming season with a team less (11 sides), with no relegation for one year.