Melton Town CC retain promotion
hopes despite massive penalty
Published on Thursday 19 July 2012 08:22
MELTON Town cricketers still have designs on promotion despite being stung with a massive 96-point penalty.
The club’s First XI were stripped of the points for fielding an ineligible player in their Everards County League victories over Barrow and Burton, and Croft on June 2 and 9.
The league’s management committee took away the 48 points earned from the two maximum-point wins and docked them the same again as punishment.
League secretary Rod Watts said: “Members of the league management committee have applied the penalty, as set out in the league rules in the annual handbook, for fielding an unregistered overseas player.”
The penalty dropped Melton from the top of Division Five to the bottom, but the team which was a finalist at last month’s Melton Times Sports Awards, refuses to admit defeat in their attempt to secure back-to-back promotions.
A club spokesman said: “The club are in discussions with the league committee. From a playing perspective the club is united to work together so that we take as many points as possible during the second half of the season with the ultimate aim still being promotion.”
The ruling will be considered by representatives of all the league’s clubs on August 2.
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