Club unhappy over league rap

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THE Doncaster cricket club at the centre of disciplinary punishment following their behaviour at their league’s awards night, say they remain unhappy over aspects of the case.

Rossington Cricket Club were punished, along with three individuals from the club, by the South Yorkshire League who charged the club with bringing the league into disrepute for what they say was “boorish and aggressive behaviour” at the annual dinner and awards night.

Rossington CC chairman Roy Groves says the punishments were “heavy handed” and he said they were initially denied a fair hearing. The club’s first XI was deducted 14 points and the 2nd XI deducted seven points whilst bans have been imposed on players Colin Sherrington (10 weeks), Stewart Groves (eight weeks) and Michael Richardson (four weeks).

“We held our own club inquiry and accepted there were shortcomings on our part,” said chairman Groves.

“We emailed our findings to the league who held a hearing and we didn’t get chance to put our case at it and that was not right. They had to hold an appeal hearing and the initial punishments were reduced.

“But they were heavy handed and the league put the outcome on their website and no one had the courtesy to tell us, we weren’t happy.”