HENFIELD Cricket Club will compete in Division 3 East of the Sussex League next season.
The move comes in the wake of Uckfield Anderida’s resignation from the league which created an imbalance in the third tier, and Henfield chairman David Jemmett said the club was happy to help out by making the switch from Division 3 West.
“We are on the border really and it’s a new challenge so we are looking forward to it,” Mr Jemmett said.
The switch will also involve marginally less travel for Henfield, who will now be playing more local clubs such as Lindfield, Burgess Hill and Keymer.
Mr Jemmett added: “We are happy to accomodate the administrative difficulty.”
Uckfield informed the Sussex Cricket League of their decision to pull out citing financial reasons the ‘soaring cost’ of league membership and their unhappiness with the structure.
In order to balance the numbers, Arundel have been given a relegation reprieve to accomodate Henfield’s switch, despite a plea from the new Uckfield Anderida committee that they remain in the League.
l Meanwhile, the SCL has published the 2012 season fixtures. This year’s runners up Horsham go to Eastbourne on the opening day (May 5) while Roffey visit champions Hastings in the Premier League. Relegated Pulborough start their Division 2 campaign at home to St James’ and Henfield’s first game in Division 3 East sees them host Lindfield.
Invitation League champions Wisborough begin life in Division 3 West at home to Slinfold, while Billingshurst host Pagham.