Padiham left in limbo as they await confirmation of their relegation

In limbo: Padiham captain Callum Clarke
In limbo: Padiham captain Callum Clarke
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Padiham Cricket Club have been left in limbo by the Ribblesdale League.

The Arbories side, founder members of the league in 1892, were, along with Cherry Tree, technically relegated at the weekend.

However, the league EGM on Monday night, where where representatives from each club were due to vote for or against the proposed relegation structure, produced no resolution.

The vote didn’t take place, in fact, because an earlier vote - to suspend a rule which says you need a year’s notice in between any changes in the way cricket is played in the First and Second Divisions - was voted against 10 to seven, with two abstentions!

So that leaves Padiham - who had finished in the top six in the previous five seasons - stuck in limbo until the league’s AGM in November.

The club’s plans going forward - such as whether they will require a professional or not, with no paid men in the First Division - are simply up in the air until then.

However, if their relegation is confirmed, Padiham are determined to keep their team together and try and win the First Division, and their place back in the Senior Division.