Codicote stumble into crisis where 'the others' might follow
Club cricket has been under assault for a number of years in a changing society from more directions, possibly, than ever before. One could mention land developers, social media, red tape, drink-driving laws, youth attitudes, council indifference, league regimes, funding, committee workloads and even the fortunes of the England team. But a trend to inequality and polarisation might be emerging as the unexpected and most serious problem faced by the amateur game.
Small clubs, especially, tread a tightrope life well illustrated by the current plight of Codicote CC. The village club in north Hertfordshire is simply running out of players as they seek to stabilise in Division Six of the Hertfordshire League. The competition is a very successful vertical structure that jumbles all teams together, with a premier table at the top. ECB status is due to be confirmed for 2015 after the split from the Home Counties League last year.
Codicote have issued a general invitation for a merger with any interested party, including wandering clubs looking for a home. Their ground is a pleasant recreation field with a basic multi-purpose council pavilion with good upgrade potential.
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