PONTARDAWE Cricket Club have launched a desperate appeal for players to ensure that they can see out the current season.
Pontardawe play in division three of the South Wales Association after suffering two successive relegations from division one but have seen most of their first-team players either move to other clubs, move from the area or give up cricket altogether in the last couple of years.
And with very few youngsters in the area seemingly interested in playing Saturday cricket, the club fear they will not be able to fulfil their league obligations to field two teams every weekend.
Fellow Swansea Valley clubs Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera have pulled out of the association in the last couple of seasons because of an inability to field two teams every Saturday, and Pontardawe are worried they will be going the same way unless they can urgently recruit new players.
Ponty play their home games in the attractive setting of the council-owned Recreation Ground in the town, but with a lack of junior sides in the teenage age groups there is no new blood likely to come through for another few years, by which time it may be too late for the club.
Any players in the Swansea Valley area interested in playing Saturday cricket for Pontardawe are asked to contact club secretary Alan Williams on 07925 126422.