Clydesdale Docked Points
Clydesdale have sensationally been docked 25 points by the Western District Cricket Union after officials ruled they had called off a match when their ground was playable.
The decision, which was confirmed on Thursday evening, means that, as things stand, Clydesdale, who were crowned Western Premier League champions last weekend, must win the title all over again this Saturday.
And it prompted an insider at Titwood to respond: “This doesn’t make any sense. The weather was terrible across the west of Scotland last week and all the other matches were called off.”
“We were up against Prestwick and we were very keen to play. Nobody wants to be stuck in the clubhouse, but that has happened so often this summer.”
The source added that Clydesdale, who won the Scottish Cup last Sunday, would appeal the decision. “It’s a no-brainer,” he added. “We need some common sense here.”
The WDCU’s management committee met on Wednesday night to consider the circumstances which led to the Premier League game between Clydesdale and Prestwick being called off on the morning of the game by the home club.
And they issued a statement later, saying: On the basis of evidence provided, it was unanimously decided that the game was called off when the ground was in fact playable.
“It was then unanimously agreed that the game should be awarded to Prestwick Cricket Club, who would be credited with the 25 points for a win with Clydesdale Cricket Club being credited with 0 points.
“The league table will be amended accordingly.
“Clydesdale CC have the right to appeal the decision within seven days by submitting written reasons for the appeal to the WDCU Administrator who will inform the Discipline and Appeals Committee.”
There was no immediate response from Clydesdale captain, Majid Haq.
But his side now face a tricky trip to Kelburne on Saturday.
It sums up a season which has been dogged by bad weather and worse decisions.