WHITLEY Hall went into their big South Yorkshire League Whitworth Cup Final yesterday without wicketkeeper Matt Thewlis after he was banned following allegations of racist remarks in a league game the previous week.
Announcing the disciplinary decision on their website, the South Yorkshire League said that Thewlis “made remarks of a racist nature” during the Premier Division game at Treeton on July 30 and this was reported to the umpires whilst his club, Whitley, were informed.
The League statement added: “The club carried out an internal investigation and decided to ban Thewlis for seven weeks and also issue a seven match ban suspended to the end of the 2012 season.
“The League will not tolerate racist behaviour irrespective of colour or creed.”
The seven week ban began at the weekend and effectively rules out Thewlis for the remainder of this season.
The League say the disciplinary action taken was in line with the Yorkshire Cricket Board’s sentencing recommendations for this level of offence and the League now considered the matter closed.
Whitley were seeking to make it a hat-trick of Whitworth Cup successes in yesterday’s final against Wickersley at Wath and they did so winning by 80 runs.
They made 228-7 and dismissed Wickersley for 140.
After losing three early wickets Whitley were boosted by Jaco Castle, 64, and man-of-the-match Jim Tasker, who made 43, took three catches and the important run out at a crucial stage of the Wickersley innings. Gareth Davis made 45 for Wickersley.