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Local cricket club to end 150 year history and fold after player crisis

A Northern Cricket Union club has told the NCU of its intension to fold.

Dungannon CC, who finished bottom of NCU Section Three last term after losing all of their 12 league matches, has informed the union that it will not be taking part in competitive cricket next season.

In May, the club had issued a desperate appeal for players to help aid their quest for survival.

The club, which dates back at least as far as 1865, lost 20 players in the last three years and 77-year-old Willie Adrain had to come out of retirement a couple of seasons ago to make up the numbers.

The situation eventually came to a head this season when only six players were available to travel for their league game against Newforge and they scratched. Now the predicament appears to have got the better of the County Tyrone club.

"The lack of support from schools in the area and from former players is most disappointing, and the few of us who are working to keep the club alive cannot go on for much longer without help on the playing and admin side," said Adrain in May.

Meanwhile, Cliftonville and Academy, who were both relegated from Section One this year, have formally merged.

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