Clayton have lost two more key players following their relegation from the top flight of the Foster’s Halifax League.
Batsman Jason Slator has joined Southowram and all-rounder Chris Ramsden has switched to Thornton.
Slator and bowler Sam Wilson, whose move to Thornton was announced a couple of months ago, both had spells as skipper of the former Bradford Central League side last season.
Clayton secretary Billy Payton said the players had left in search of Premier Division cricket. “It is a disappointment but we will be trying to get some younger players in.”
Payton said there were a couple of signings in the pipeline but he wasn’t sure of the quality of the potential arrivals.
Clayton opened a new clubhouse in 2011 and won promotion to the Halifax League’s top flight after finishing runners-up to Mytholmroyd in 2012.
Payton said relegation and the loss of the players was a step backwards but hoped the club would soon be moving forward again.
Ramsden is a second capture for Thornton following batsman Wayne Cotton’s switch from Bradshaw.
Slator, who has scored plenty of runs down the years, had a hip replacement before the start of last season.
Queensbury have re-signed Josh Dougall, a left-handed batsman and right arm bowler from Bradshaw, who have also lost Simon Collins to champions Jer Lane as well as Cotton.
An umpires’ refresher course starts at Pellon Club, Halifax next Thursday (7.30).
The six week course, which does not have an exam, is aimed at those wanting to brush up on their knowledge and players considering becoming umpires.
More details from David Bates 01422 245178.
Lightcliffe, who lost to Morley in last season’s final, are among the entries for the Bradford League’s Dyson Energy Services Twenty/20 Cup.
Entries: Baildon, Bradford & Bingley, East Bierley, Farsley, Gomersal, Hanging Heaton Idle, Keighley, Lightcliffe, Morley, New Farnley, Pudsey Congs, Pudsey St Lawrence, Undercliffe, Woodlands, Yeadon.