One of the longest-serving members of the Cornwall Cricket League has withdrawn from the competition with immediate effect.

Troon Cricket Club has made the decision to take itself out of the league after discussions with players and staff came to the conclusion they would not be able to compete to the standard required.

In a media statement, Club Chairman, Alan Thomas, said: "It is with regret that we announce our withdrawal from The Bond Timber Cornwall Cricket League Division 2 West.”

"The Club has lost a number of Players through the closed season who have moved to play at a higher standard.

"Despite signing several players in recent months it has become apparent that we have neither the strength or depth to compete at this level.

"After consultation with players and officers, it was agreed to withdraw at an early stage in order to allow the few remaining players to join new clubs and enjoy a successful season.

"We wish to stress that this is not the end of Troon CC.

"The Club is financially sound, owns its own ground and has a strong Committee.

"It is our intention to regroup through this Season and rejoin the League in 2022.

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"We will continue with our planned youth training throughout the Summer and we are in the process of setting up a Learning Disability Cricket Hub.

"We hope to announce details in the coming weeks."

Believed to have been founded in 1875, Troon joined the Cornwall Cricket League three years after its formation in 1908.

Taking into account war years, they completed 100 League seasons in 2018 along with Helston.

Only league founder members Camborne and Penzance have played more.

Famously, Troon were the first winners of the National Village Championship in 1972.

They won the John Haig Cup at Lord’s defeating Astwood Bank (Warwickshire) by seven wickets.

795 teams entered in the first year.

They repeated the feat a year later beating the South Wales side Gowerton by 12 runs and made it a hat-trick in 1976 with victory over Sessay (North Yorkshire) by 18 runs.