Prees Cricket Club’s season has been cut short after the side has withdrawn from Shropshire County Cricket League Division Four.

The decision was taken after a number of missed fixtures has led to the club being grounded at the bottom of the table for almost all the season so far.

After almost half the season, Prees struggled on several occasions to field enough players to fulfil fixtures.

Club treasurer Paul Prince described the club’s withdrawal from the league as “a real shame”.

“It was news to me on the weekend,” he said.

“I think it mainly comes down to the fact the club has been struggling to fulfil fixtures this season with a team of 11 players.

“I know it has been difficult for a lot of the players to commit to playing each Saturday.

“It is a great shame for a club of our tradition and size to not be competing for the rest of the season.”

The treasurer said it seems as though this is the case for a number of clubs and believes the club’s attempt at offering some 20/20 style cricket is a great idea.

He added: “I think a lot of village clubs experience the same issues with availability, which is a big shame.

“I think modern society is one of the reasons. When I was younger, no-one seemed to bat an eyelid about spending their Saturday playing cricket, but it seems different now.

“The club has started the 20/20 style midweek competitions this season in an attempt to encourage people to participate in the sport during the week as opposed to the weekend.

“It is inspired by the county 20/20 matches. Coton Hall, Iscoyd & Fenns Bank and Calverhall have also been involved – it just helps to add more fun to cricket.”