Aire Wharfe management to meet over cup crisis

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THE Aire Wharfe Cricket League management committee will meet tomorrow night to discuss the ongoing crisis which has seen clubs kicked-out of this season’s Waddilove, Birtwhistle and Ian Chappel Cup.

Fourteen sides have been disqualified from their respective competitions for either fielding one or more ineligible players.

In order to be eligible, League Secretary, Dave Alred, said players had to play one league game prior to the cup fixture.

However, due to the severe weather conditions which have obliterated the league fixture list, teams have questioned the ruling.

“One or two (clubs) have asked if we can reconsider the decision,” said Alred.

“Obviously things will be discussed, but a decision has already been made.”

In the Ian Chappel Cup every club in the Prelim Round was disqualified, despite the majority of games being wiped out by the rain on the first two weeks of the season.

Upper Wharfedale, Pool, Tong Park/Esholt and Bilton were booted out of the Waddilove Cup.

Bilton 2nds, Tong Park/Esholt 2nds, Woodhouse 2nds and Illingworth, were also disqualified in the Birtwhistle.

The next round of the Waddilove and the Birtwhistle are due to be played on Sunday.

At the moment, Knaresborough and Harden have been given a bye to the second round of the competition.

In the Birtwhistle, Knaresborough 2nds and Ilkley 2nds have also been given a bye.

Meanwhile, Alred confirmed the league has received a report about an incident at the Beckwithshaw v Collingham game on Saturday, and said it will be looked into.