YOUNG cricketers have been barred from receiving trophies celebrating their end-of-season success – after a club was accused of breaking the rules.
Andrew Mandleberg, chairman of Dunstall Cricket Club, revealed he was forced to cancel a presentation evening after the Burton and District Youth Cricket League refused to hand over trophies set to be dished out to its two under-11s sides.
An investigation was launched into whether the club broke any rules by having players not taking to the field exclusively for one of two teams during the season.
A meeting is set to be held next week to discuss the allegation of rule-breaking, with the club threatening to pull their teams from the league if found guilty.
Mr Mandleberg said: "The league has refused to release the under-11s trophies in respect of the two leagues that were won.
"It is being alleged that we broke the rules because players from our two teams in the leagues did not play exclusively for either the A or the B teams.
"In fact there is no rule prohibiting this event, but the accusation being made is that we have loaded our teams to procure an unfair advantage. In other words we have cheated.
"Those at the club know how much time we spend developing all our juniors all the year round.
"We have not broken any rules and have only ever tried to act with the spirit of the game in mind."
Dave Boden, chairman of Burton and District Youth Cricket League, said: "Dunstall will be summoned to a meeting of a league representative committee next week to answer an allegation that Dunstall A and B teams, in the under-11s age group, used some of the same players in matches in both the cup and league.
"This has been admitted by Andrew Mandleberg, who has offered a defence.
"The allegation will be considered by the committee who will decide if action is required and, in the meantime, the trophies have been retained"