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Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 21:15
LEAGUE CREST WINDHILL PULL OUT
Windhill
Busy Lane which is the home ground of Windhill

 

 

It is with regret that the Management Board have tonight accepted the resignation of Windhill from The All Rounder Bradford Cricket League.

Windhill, who have been members since 1905, are best rememberd for their record five championship wins from 1937-41 - an achievement that was only matched by Pudsey Congs from 2000 to 2004. They were also the club that brought the great Sir Learie Constantine to the Bradford League.

The club confirmed its decision to withdraw from the league after 111 years in a letter to the Management Board, today.

Windhill cited a lack of volunteers for the decision to resign. With the start of the season approaching they had no scorers, match-day helpers and ground personnel as well as a limited playing squad.

League chairman David Young said: "This is extremely sad news and it is with deep regret we have accepted Windhill's resignation.

"As a Management Board we have offered help to Windhill and we will continue to support their efforts to ensure cricket is played at Busy Lane.

"It is our hope that Windhill will one day be in a position to return to the Bradford League. Nobody likes to see the demise of a cricket club and we will do all we can to encourage former players, officials or supporters of the club to come forward and offer assistance to try an ensure that the name of Windhill doesn't disappear from the cricketing landscape."

The board would like to place on record its thanks to Ian Holdsworth for his outstanding efforts on behalf of his club over the last few years.

Windhill's departure from Championship A means that there will only be 11 teams in the division. This will result in one team having no fixture every week. It was considered too late to attempt to promote a side from the Conference and rearrange the fixtures.

The Management Board will be offering the spare club each week in Championship A the opportunity to play a friendly against the spare team in the Conference.

Read Windhill's club history

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