The Huddersfield Central Cricket League looks like being hit by another exodus of clubs next summer.
While eight clubs have left the arrowselfdrive-sponsored ranks in the last two years to join the Drakes League, another five have been accepted to other leagues for 2015.
It’s a further blow to the century-old league, which could operate next season with only 33 teams at first and second XI level (Flockton have just one team).
That could mean the Central will feature just three sections next summer, rather than the current four.
Four Premiership clubs are looking to make the move next season.
Upper Hopton have been accepted by the Foster’s Halifax League, while Crossbank Methodist are moving to the Central Yorkshire League.
The South Yorkshire League will get two clubs from the Central top flight, Woolley and Silkstone.
From Section A of the Central, Crigglestone have been accepted by the Pontefract League for 2015.
Central champions Thurstonland, Birkby Rose Hill and Cartworth Moor of the Premier Section, plus Upperthong of Section A, left at the end of last season for the Drakes and are playing in the Cedar Court Conference this term.
The previous year, Almondbury Wesleyans made the move from Central to Drakes, along with Denby, Denby Dale and Moorlands.