Cricket: League uphold Rossington ban

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ROSSINGTON Main have been banned from playing in the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League (SYSCL) until the end of the 2013 season.

The Doncaster side, who faced disciplinary charges relating to abusive comments directed at several league officials made by players on Twitter, failed to get the suspension overturned at an appeal hearing this week.

The club, who were already serving a probationary period following an incident at the league’s presentation evening last year, admitted the charges regarding the tweets and the players involved apologised to the league.

But club officials, who reportedly fear losing a number of players to other clubs, are unhappy with the fact that SYSCL officials also took into consideration their past misdemeanours at the appeal hearing - which they claim goes against league rules.

A statement issued by the club this week, claimed that Main consider that the disciplinary process followed by the SYSCL was not in accordance with its own rules nor the disciplinary codes, regulations and procedures of both the YCB and ECB

The club said that they recognised the fact that some individual members had brought the club into disrepute through their involvement in recent Twitter activity, but that the SYSCL decision is both ‘incorrect and unfair’.

The lodged an appeal (against the original decision) on the basis that Twitter exchanges were a non Rossington Main CC matter.

They claim they subsequently received legal advice supporting their view.

Main, who have raised the matter with the England and Wales Cricket Board, claim they were presented with additional documents relating to previous disciplinary issues just two days before the hearing.

n Yorkshire won at Durham in their Friends Life T20 match last night. Durham were 159 all out in response to the Tykes’ 171-6.