St Helens cricket club on the verge of folding

St Helens batsman Adam Fryer hits a six during a game against Wigan in 2007
St Helens batsman Adam Fryer hits a six during a game against Wigan in 2007

A St Helens cricket club could fold unless the “perilous state” of its finances can be resolved.

St Helens Town Cricket Club was formed three years ago following the merger of two of the oldest clubs in the borough, both of which were formed in the 1840s. Read the story of St Helens Cricket club’s demise here

But despite that rescue package the new club says a shortage of players and income means the side, which plays its home games at Ruskin Drive Sport Ground, could suffer a similar fate.

The club has had its official ClubMark status withdrawn because of a lack of junior sides and could be kicked out of the Liverpool Competition is it can’t attract more young players.

David Platt, the club’s cricket chairman, said: “Our financial position today is perilous.

“We have to run fundraisers every month to stay afloat, like an upcoming golf day. If we lost our club mark, we’d lose our league status, then lose most of our membership and effectively the club would cease to exist.

“We really need some work done too, like an upgraded scoreboard, required by the league, and a new pavilion and roller.

“But the council, which owns Ruskin Drive, couldn’t do some of its planned improvements because budgets are tight.”

Mr Platt told the Liverpool Echo: “The club’s a community hub, but we lost young players after the merger and struggle to compete with rugby and football, played all year round.”