One of Doncaster’s oldest clubs has been forced to pull up the stumps on league cricket.
Wickets are pitched for a new season this weekend but Thorne Colliery - for the first time in almost a century - will not be fielding a Saturday side.
The Recreation Ground club were forced to resign from the Pontefract & District League in February due to a shortage of players.
Thorne will remain as non-playing members of the league and have the option to reform in 2015. They will continue to play in the Doncaster & District Evening League.
Secretary Michael Sellars said the decision to resign was taken reluctantly but the “writing had been on the wall” for several years.
“It’s very disappointing but ever since we disbanded the second team, four or five years ago, the writing’s been on the wall,” he said.
“It basically boils down to a lack of interest.
“A lot of lads are working on a weekend these days, and a lot of our older members have retired from the jobs they do at the club.
“The positive thing is that the Pontefract League have kept us on as non-playing members and we could start up again next season,” he added.
“We’re hopeful this is not the end.”
Thorne have played in the Pontefract League since 1995, having been formed in 1920.