Pulborough hope an Invitation League return will boost club

JPCT 080613 S13240255x CRICKET:  Pulborough v Crowhurst Park. Lee Callaghan bowling for Pulb -photo by Steve Cobb ENGPPP00420130906122252

JPCT 080613 S13240255x CRICKET: Pulborough v Crowhurst Park. Lee Callaghan bowling for Pulb -photo by Steve Cobb ENGPPP00420130906122252

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Pulborough will be playing their cricket in the West Sussex Invitation League next season after opting to resign from the Sussex League.

The decision was undertaken by the club to forfeit their place in Division 4 of the Sussex League after a tough few seasons since reaching the heights of the Premier Division in 2011.

It’s been a difficult period for the first team as they have suffered three relegations in the past four years and club captain Lee Callagan believes dropping down a league will boost the club again.

He said: “At the end of last season the club were struggling to find the players for both our first and second sides.

“Since we dropped down from the Sussex League Premier Division in 2011, we have lost around 30 first-team standard players for various reasons and it has become really difficult for us.

“We have not had the best results over the past few seasons so hopefully now we can have more success.

“It will also allow our second team to drop down to Division 5 and give them a chance to play at a more suited standard for them.”

The first XI will return to Division 1 of the Invitation League next year, while the second team will play in Division 5.

The front side finished a miserable second bottom in Division 3 last season with just two wins from their 18 games.

Callagan, who will continue to skipper the side next year, is now hoping for a successful campaign for his team.

He added: “It’s obviously been a difficult few seasons for everyone involved with the club, but we are hoping we can move forward now and really push on.

“A few players would not have been happy if we had stayed in the Sussex League and it was best for us and league that we made a decision now rather then asking to leave two or three weeks into the year.

“We are hoping that this move will help the club moving forward in the long term and secure a bright future for us as a club.”