The League has been shocked by the sudden resignation of Exning CC from the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship. The immediate effect is that from Division Three downwards, unless anything to the contrary occurs at next Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting an alternative division constitution will be circulated.

The following is the text received from Philip King, Exning’s Championship Representative.

“For a number of months now, Exning and Burwell Cricket Clubs have been actively discussing a merger. In late August the two General Committees met and at that meeting a decision was taken to proceed with more detailed discussions with a view to the two Clubs merging for the start of the 2018 season. The basis for the detailed discussions is detailed within a single document “Club Merger – Outline Case for Change” the contents of which have been agreed by both Clubs.

Both General Committees have considered the case for a merger very carefully and in detail, and have concluded that this represents a significant point in the development of both Clubs and is a huge opportunity for the members and players of both clubs.

In the past 8 days both Clubs have passed resolutions at specially convened EGM’s to proceed with the merger. It has been decided that the merged Club will compete in the East Anglian Premier League and the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Cricket League from the 2018 season.

In order to provide the TCCC with sufficient time to make arrangements for next season, we are notifying the league at the earliest opportunity.

This letter confirms the resignation of Exning Cricket Club from the Two Counties Cricket Championship with immediate effect.

Exning Cricket Club would like to wish the league and all member Clubs best wishes for the future.”