Haverhill’s second team has been moved from third into second in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four after the league upheld a complaint against Mildenhall for fielding an ineligible player.
The league found that Mildenhall III had fielded Kobus Scholtz in their match with Haverhill II on the final day of the season without seeking permission to do so.
South African professional Scholtz had been playing this season for Buckhurst Hill in the Essex Premier League and his appearance for Mildenhall III was his only one for the club this year.
He scored 172 to help Mildenhall defeat Haverhill II by 171 runs, a result that ensured Mildenhall could not get relegated and also dropped Haverhill down from second place into third.
League rules state that a player registered with any Premier League club can only be used in a Two Counties match with the permission of the league.
In a statement on their website, the Two Counties said: “The Management Sub-Committee have considered Mildenhall’s admitted breach of Rule 13a by playing Kobus Scholtz in an important match for both teams in Division 4 on September 12.
“The committee considered the mitigating circumstances but also had regard to the fact that all clubs were warned at the AGM last October that strengthening their teams from neighbouring Counties who had finished their programme would not be tolerated.
“Your representative at the AGM should have reported this fact to your Committee.
“In the circumstances the Management Sub-Committee have imposed the penalty laid down in Rule 13a. Mildenhall III will have 16 points deducted and Haverhill II awarded 20 points.”
The ruling dropped Mildenhall to third bottom and pushed Haverhill up to second and Tuddenham down to third.
Fortunately for Tuddenham, the league had already decided that the top three teams in divisions two to six would be promoted this year in the wake of Sudbury earning promotion to the Gibbs Denly East Anglian Premier League.