IOMCCGBA withdraw from the County Championship

It is with deep regret that, following last night’s emergency meeting of the IOM County Management Committee, it has been decided that the Isle of Man will not be able to fulfil its fixtures in the Crosfield Cup this season.

This decision was reached with a heavy heart and after a lot of soul searching. However, it was felt that, given the overwhelming increase in our costs that the collapse of Citywing brought about at such short notice (just 3 weeks ago), to proceed with the fixtures could jeopardise the financial stability of the county association and this was a risk that the committee felt they could not take.

We are immediately looking into alternative plans for the IOMCCGBA’s participation in the Crosfield Cup 2018, which will hopefully be cost effective and sustainable for future years.

We must take this opportunity to thank the BCGBA and the three counties involved in our efforts to hastily arrange alternative arrangements for this season’s fixtures, for a while we thought we could find a way through this disaster, but unfortunately time has been our enemy.

Specific thanks must go to off Island support from John Crowther, Duncan Reeves, Graeme Wilson, Mike Holden and Phil Brown.

Once again many thanks for everyone’s help and support, we are saddened to have to take this decision but we feel it is the best course of action to secure future development and safeguard finances across the whole of the IOMCCGBA.

Neil Withers