Halesowen back in drop danger after being hit by 30 point deduction

First published in Cricket

Halesowen CC face a nervous final day of the season after being docked 30 points by the Birmingham League – flinging them back into the relegation scrap.

The penalty was imposed following an enquiry by the league over disturbances which followed the clubs’ game at Harborne on July 9, in which it was claimed a visiting supporter attempted to enter the home team ‘s dressing room in order to confront a player.

Following the league’s investigation a charge of failing to control supporters was proved and the club docked 130 points – 100 of which were suspended until the end of the 2014 season to be imposed if the club was found guilty of any further incidents.

As the news reported last week, Halesowen appealed this decision but the league has now confirmed the immediate 30 points penalty will remain – with the suspended penalty reduced to 72.

It means Hales, who were comfortably sited in sixth position, have slipped to ninth - just 17 points clear of the bottom two.

In a further twist, the visitors to Seth Somers Park on Saturday are Harborne.

The league also found two of their players, Navdeep Poonia and Gary Hawkins, guilty of making gestures of serious insulting behaviour to a spectator. Poonia was given a suspended five game ban, with Hawkins banned for the final three matches of the season.

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