The 2016 summer season could be Knaresborough Cricket Club’s last in the Airedale and Wharfedale League.
Following the Aire-Wharfe League’s exclusion from the new Yorkshire pyramid system, Knaresborough has applied to join the York and District Senior Cricket League from the 2017 season.
The move is likely to be rubberstamped at a YDSCL emergency general meeting on April 11, where member clubs will vote on Knaresborough’s inclusion.
Club stalwart Jon Corcoran said: “Cricket in Yorkshire is changing. Whether you agree with it or you don’t. We have identified an opportunity to be part of that change and we hope it’s the right direction.”
The Yorkshire Cricket Board has formed four county Premiers to replace the Yorkshire League.
Each league has feeder divisions, with the YDSCL promoting into the Yorkshire League North.
However, the Aire-Wharfe League was frozen out of the new structure due to ‘extreme geographical difficulties’. Knaresborough would become the first team to leave the Aire-Wharfe and join the county-wide pyramid system.
“We are an ambitious club but our first team is not good enough at the moment,” Corcoran added.
“After consulting the players and telling them about the opportunity, they gave a strong desire to be part of the structure.
"There are draw backs with travelling but this opportunity allows the club to be as aspirational as it wants.”