Haverhill Cricket Club’s second team have been moved up to second in Division Four after Mildenhall III admitted fielding an ineligible player in their match.
The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship committee found Mildenhall III had fielded Kobus Scholtz in their match with Haverhill II on the final day of the season without seeking permission.
South African professional Scholtz had been playing 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 dropped Haverhill down from second place to 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 Division Four on September 12.
“The committee considered the mitigating circumstances but 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.”