Players handed lengthy bans

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TWO cricketers have been handed bans covering three seasons in the latest developments in the so-called ‘cyber-bullying’ investigation surrounding South Yorkshire League (SYL) club Rossington.

The club had issued bans, of varying levels, against seven of their own players following an internal investigation which found the players guilty of bringing the club into disrepute following recent remarks made on Twitter.

However the SYL Disciplinary Committee have issued a statement saying they felt the club’s bans “did not reflect the serious nature of the offence” and so revised the suspensions.

Players Michael Richardson and Stewart Groves were banned until the end of this season and banned from appearing in the SYL until the end of 2014.

First team captain Dominic McGough was banned for the rest of this season with an eight week suspended sentence to the end of 2013.

Scott Wood was banned for eight weeks with a further eight week ban suspended to the end of next season.

Alex Rowland, Joel Evans and Tom Forster were banned for three matches with a further three game ban suspended until the end of next season.

The players can appeal.