Following a league investigation, it has been determined that Wrenthorpe played an ineligible player in eight of their Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League matches in the 2021 season.
This has resulted in them losing all 84 points they earned from those fixtures plus being penalised a further 80 points – 10 for every occasion they played the ineligible player. It means a total reduction of 164 points.
Under League Rule 18a their opponents are awarded the full 20 points in each of those fixtures. It means that four teams will have their points totals increased in the final league table. Those receiving points will be Batley (17), Cleckheaton (16), Bradford & Bingley (12) and Hanging Heaton (1).
This means that the bottom three position are Batley (163), Morley (159) and Wrenthorpe (2), which means Morley and Wrenthorpe will be relegated to Division One.
In a subsequent development, the ECB have removed Wrenthorpe’s Clubmark status as they failed to achieve compliance when registering for the new Safe Hands management system. This means they are unable to play in an ECB Premier League until they are re-accredited.
Pudsey Congs second team have had their appeal against a 28-point deduction for playing an ineligible player against Farsley on August 21 rejected.
The 18 points they gained from the game have been removed along with a further 10 for the playing of the ineligible player. Opponents Farsley will have their points tally increased by 14 points.
This means the top three positions are: Jer Lane 323. Bradford & Bingley 283, Pudsey Congs 265. As a result, Bradford & Bingley will be promoted with Jer Lane.
The league tables will be adjusted on both bradfordcl.com and the league’s Play Cricket website.