WOKING XI Cricket Club has been expelled from the Surrey Cricket League just six weeks into the 2017 season, writes Andy Fitzsimons.
The club, which plays at Woking Park in Kingfield, has only played three of its seven scheduled league fixtures; conceding three, coupled with one postponement.
The News & Mail understands that the club’s expulsion is due to an unprecedented number of administrative shortcomings, which forced the League to take prompt action.
Robin Ford, secretary for the Surrey Cricket League, said: “The club did not respond to repeated emails, which included resolving an outstanding fine. As result, the club was initially suspended.
“Under league rules, though, a team conceding more than two matches in a season is automatically expelled from the League; for which Woking have been notified,” he added.
Woking XI conceded their first match [v London Gymkhana CC] on 29 April, which resulted in an initial fine.
The club then conceded two further fixtures (v Ottershaw & Hamm Moor CC and v St Luke’s CC) earlier this month, which incurred further fines and ultimately cemented their fate.
It is not yet known if previous results involving Woking X1 will be expunged to help bring about a level playing field amongst other Division One clubs.
The League will now run with a reduced division of nine teams for the remainder of the 2017 season.
No-one was from Woking XI CC was available for comment at the time of going to print.