Friday, 18 June 2021

Cricket clubs in merger plan

PEPPARD and Stoke Row Cricket Clubs are in talks about merging the two Berkshire League sides.

PEPPARD and Stoke Row Cricket Clubs are in talks about merging the two Berkshire League sides.

Over recent years the clubs have faced increasing difficulties in consistently fielding sides with sufficient quality and numbers to compete in the league.

This year Stoke Row were relegated from the top flight of the Berkshire League while Peppard 2nds, who played several matches with fewer than 11 players, finished bottom of Division 3. Peppard’s first team ended their Premier Division campaign in fifth place having staved off relegation on the last day of the previous season.

The amalgamation of the two clubs to form Peppard Stoke Row Cricket Club would see the newly formed team field three sides in the Berkshire League on Saturdays.

With three sides competing in the league both grounds at Peppard Common and Newlands Lane would be used.

Peppard’s regular Sunday XI would continue, with availability to Stoke Row players, while the occasional Stoke Row Sunday side will remain at Newlands Lane.

If an agreement to merge the clubs is reached then both Stoke Row and Peppard Cricket Clubs will each hold extraordinary general meetings for their memberships to vote on the merger.

If the merger is approved, the clubs will also nominate members for an interim management committee for the newly formed club.

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