It’s just not cricket

IN THE RULES: Carew CC – League champions by crafty means. Photo credit: Twitter

A LOCAL cricket team in Wales have been accused of tactics that are simply ‘not cricket’.

Carew CC were leading their league as they took on their own title challengers, Cresselly CC, in the final game of the season.  Carew were 21 points ahead but there are a total of 30 points available for a win, made up of 20 for the victory and a possible maximum five batting and five bowling bonus points.

So, after winning the toss and electing to bat Carew declared their innings closed with their score on 18 for 1 to deny Cresselly the chance to get any bonus points. Although Carew’s tactics were within the rules, such a decision is rare.

Cresselly went on to win the game, score 20 points, and end up a solitary point behind the champions.

The Pembroke County Cricket Club Division One side said: “We feel hard done by not being able to play a proper game. At the toss, our captain elected to field as we felt it was the best way of winning the game with such a tight margin.

“Thinking that Carew would want to beat us the right way and show everyone they are indeed the very best, their choice to declare and deliberately lose was at odds with their title of champions of the county.”

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