There is no Seymour-based A-grade team in the Seymour District Cricket Association for the 2017-18 season, after Eastern Hill Cricket Club pulled the pin on its involvement in the top-tier competition.
Seymour Cricket Club withdrew from the A-grade competition ahead of last season as it looked to rebuild the club’s success by developing its youth, while the only other Seymour-based side — Royals Cricket Club — hasn’t had an A-grade side for well over a decade.
Alexandra has also withdrawn from this season’s A-grade competition, leaving just six teams — Avenel, Nagambie, Tallarook, Yea, Kilmore and Broadford — to fight it out for the A-grade title for season 2017-18.
In a change from previous years, the A-grade competition will play all of its one-day matches first-up, before the two-day matches kick off on December 9.
Previously, the one and two-day matches have been interspersed throughout the season.
The 2017-18 season kicked off on Saturday for A-grade and B-grade, while C-grade will start its season this weekend.