David Blower wrote:A full statement from the Midlands Counties Chess Union:
18 Mar, controller reports. Staffordshire have been offered the U100 M3 place but have declined because of other commitments. Leics have agreed to take Staffs' place and have been nominated by the MCCU.
I would love to know what these "other commitments" were. I, personally, was not aware of any.
I would suggest that your captain possibly has "other commitments" than raising a team on May 21st. Remember for this match teams have to organise a venue as well as a team (on the assumption Staffs didn't want to travel to Essex). Staffordshire managed to default their U100 match to Notts twice despite the venue being arranged so I didn't have high hopes of them competing in the national stages.
I regularly moan about the dearth of local organisers in threads in this forum. Most counties could raise teams in the grading limited competitions but they don't as no-one steps forward to take on the admin that is required. I suggest if you and players in your area are unhappy about what has happened that you apply for the job yourself next season.