Developing story: Cricket club hit by ban after Twitter row - UPDATE June 14

Rossington's Team: (Back l-r) Andrew Gardiner, Dominic McGough (Captain), Roy Nelson, Liam Flynn, Joel Evans, James Fonesaca, (Front l-r) Tom Green, Ashley Knowles, Jack Eusman, Alex Roland, Scott Wood. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rossington's Team: (Back l-r) Andrew Gardiner, Dominic McGough (Captain), Roy Nelson, Liam Flynn, Joel Evans, James Fonesaca, (Front l-r) Tom Green, Ashley Knowles, Jack Eusman, Alex Roland, Scott Wood. Picture: Andrew Roe

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ROSSINGTON Main Cricket Club have been thrown out of the South Yorkshire League after their players were accused of abusing the league’s chairman on Twitter.

Several Rossington cricketers were due to be hauled before the league’s disciplinary committee last night after a succession of personal attacks were aimed at 74-year-old Terry Bentham on the social networking site.

The South Yorkshire League say the verbal abuse, which was also aimed at other league officials, was of “a very serious nature”.

Rossington secretary Steve Groves, however, has said the abuse had “absolutely nothing” to do with Rossington Cricket Club.

Rossington are currently serving a probationary period after being found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute at the league’s annual dinner last September.

*Read the full story in this week’s Free Press.

*A statement from the South Yorkshire League on Thursday morning said: “At last night’s hearing with players and officials of Rossington CC, the club announced that they were carrying out a thorough investigation into the alleged comments placed on Twitter by a number of their players.

“The club have suspended up to nine players from all cricket until their investigations are completed.

“With this in mind the SYSCL Disciplinary Committee have decided to reserve judgement until they receive the club’s report.

“Rossington CC have been given until midnight Tues 19th June to present their findings to the SYSCL.

“Thereafter the SYSCL Disciplinary Committee will reconvene to pass judgement.

“The SYSCL have already received letters from four players admitting their guilt and offering apologies to all concerned.”