Top pair set for return after bans

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LEADING players Andy Tomlinson and Pete Wilson will be back in action on Saturday after suspension by the South Yorkshire League meant they missed out last weekend.

Both players, who play for Whiston Parish Church in the Premier Division, were hit with a three-match ban following a disciplinary hearing into their conduct arising out of an incident during the game against Wickersley last month.

Two of the matches were suspended until the end of the season but the other match-ban impacted immediately with both players sidelined last Saturday, which meant Tomlinson was denied his eagerly-awaited return to play against former club, Treeton, which he left in the winter. Wilson is Whiston captain.

Teammate Scott Jones was a third player dealt with and he was warned to his future conduct.

In addition, Whiston were handed a five-point deduction and this is suspended until the end of the season.

In a separate case, Sheffield United’s Daniel Harley was reported over remarks to an umpire during their President’s Cup game against Norton Oakes. The club banned him for two matches, covering last Saturday and next weekend, The League took no additional action while stressing to clubs the importance of taking disciplinary action “in house” to punish players.

n After Rotherham’s to Scarborough, Barnsley are the only local side in Sunday’s Yorkshire League Cup, quarter-finals. They are at York. Rotherham made 178 (Gerhard Rudolph 67), Scarborough 179-4 (Ollie Jackson 3-24).