WANGARATTA and District Cricket Association’s A grade competition will drop to nine teams this season, with Whorouly/Gapsted the latest club to pull the pin on the top division.
With Rutherglen also dropping out of A grade, it will be the fewest teams the competition has featured since 2007/08, when eight sides contested for the Geoff Welch Cup.
Whorouly/Gapsted president Scott McNamara said the Maroons were left with no choice but to abandon plans to field an A grade side following an exodus of key personnel.
Twin brothers Kieren and Reuben Jamieson have returned to Bright along with Dylan Bursill, former skippers Ross Cavill and Luke O’Keefe are both available only intermittently, and Paul Neary requires surgery for a shoulder injury.
“It’s definitely disappointing to have to drop out of A grade,” McNamara said.
“But we’ve just lost too many players.”