Carew keep ti­tle but are rel­e­gated

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES - By Seth Fran­cis

CAREW have been rel­e­gated fol­low­ing their con­tro­ver­sial dec­la­ra­tion in a ti­tle de­cider but have been al­lowed to keep their crown.

The Welsh club de­clared af­ter scor­ing just 18 runs for the loss of one wicket in their Pem­brokeshire League show­down against Cres­selly.

The dec­la­ra­tion meant Cres­selly could not pick up the bonus points needed to over­haul Carew and, de­spite win­ning the match, lost out to the Rooks by a sin­gle point.

Mass crit­i­cism fol­lowed the dec­la­ra­tion with for­mer Glam­or­gan player Gareth Rees dub­bing Carew’s de­ci­sion a “dis­grace” and “an em­bar­rass­ment”.

At the time, Cres­selly re­vealed their dis­ap­point­ment at Carew’s de­ci­sion and said they were un­aware of their in­ten­tions.

A state­ment said: “At no point did any of our of­fi­cials or cap­tain say that Cres­selly would have done the same thing should the po­si­tions had been the other way.

“We ob­vi­ously feel hard done by at not be­ing able to play a proper game to de­ter­mine the win­ner of Di­vi­sion One.”

De­spite of­fi­cials claim­ing the club had not bro­ken any rules, a dis­ci­plinary group was set up by Pem­broke County Cricket Club (PCCC), which runs the game lo­cally and launched the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing com­plaints.

The de­ci­sion was taken to rel­e­gate the side and fine them £300 but the side was al­lowed to re­main as cham­pi­ons of Di­vi­sion One.

Carew Cricket Club sec­re­tary Nick Scour­field was at the hear­ing on Tues­day night and said the side is ap­peal­ing.

He ex­plained: “We are ap­peal­ing against the de­ci­sion and we are await­ing a date for an­other hear­ing.”

Cap­tain of Carew, Brian Hall, has also been sus­pended for the start of the 2018 sea­son af­ter he had been charged with a fail­ure in his du­ties as cap­tain in en­sur­ing the game was play­ing within the spirit of cricket.

Pem­broke County Cricket Club chair­man Paul Webb said the club would not be com­ment­ing.

Down: Carew with the ti­tle

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