Mildenhall’s title bid hangs in the hands of league probe

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Table-toppers Mildenhall could see their bid to reach the East Anglian Premier League blown apart if a league investigation rules they have fielded an illegible player without permission, writes Russell Claydon.

The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship’s management sub committee will meet on July 11 and could strip the Wamil Way-based outfit of 40 points from their home wins over Frinton, on June 4, and title rivals Witham, on June 11, and a further 16 penalty points — which would drop them to eighth and 49 points behind new leaders Wivenhoe with 12 games to play.

It comes after Luke Youngs appeared in both games having already played for Bexhill in the Sussex Premier League.

League rules state that ‘players cannot play for more than one club in the East Anglian Premier League feeder system... nor be a registered player for any Premier League, and any connected feeder system during a season without permission from the Two Counties Cricket Championship’.

It would be the second time in two years the club had been punished under the rule, with Mildenhall’s third team being stripped of points last September for playing their former overseas player Kobus Sholtz against Haverhill II after featuring regularly in the Essex Premier League.

Mildenhall captain Ben Shepperson said the club did not want to make an official comment at this stage but was confident ‘common-sense will prevail’.