Carew Cricket Club, who recently lifted the Pembrokeshire Division One title in Wales, have landed in trouble after using a tactic that has been deemed to be against the spirit of the game in a fixture last month.
Carew caused uproar in the global community after Brian Hall, their captain, declared their innings on 18 for 1 after 2.3 overs against Cresselly Cricket Club in their final game of the season. Having come into the match with a 21-point advantage over second-placed Cresselly, Carew’s plan was to ensure that they didn’t concede a bonus point, and though Cresselly won the match easily by reaching 24 for 1, they could earn only 20 points, giving Carew the title.
Carew were subsequently accused of unsportsmanlike conduct, with a number of cricketers coming down hard on the title-winning club and their captain.
This is a disgrace. Just hope they realise what a mistake they have made.. https://t.co/dY9ojI0PuC
— Steve James (@sjamesjourno) August 27, 2017
Agree Murgers and agree with Pete. Not something I personally would ever want to do or be involved in. https://t.co/XxQJRh0TOf
— Jason Gillespie (@dizzy259) September 14, 2017
PCCC, in charge of enforcing the rules and regulations of the game in the Pembrokeshire region, were quick to put a sub-committee together to discuss the situation, and earlier this week charged Carew for bringing the game into disrepute.
In a statement, PCCC explained: “Pembroke County Cricket Club received several written complaints concerning the conduct of both Carew CC and their captain, Brian Hall, following their match with Cresselly.
“In accordance with the procedures as outlined in the county handbook, a disciplinary sub-committee met on Monday, 11 September. As a result of that meeting Carew have been charged with bringing the county cricket club into disrepute.
“Mr Hall has been charged with a failure in his duties as a captain in ensuring the game was played within the spirit of cricket.”
A disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for September 26, to take place at Haverfordwest Cricket Club, and Hall has been summoned to discuss the matter.