The Rutland Division Three game between Werrington and Weldon was abandoned yesterday (June 8) after allegations of foul and abusive language.
Weldon skipper Sam Wilcock led his players off the field in protest just past the midway point in his side’s innings.
A Weldon spokesman said: “In our captain’s view the level of abuse had become excessive, especially as we fielded a very young side, so he took the players off the pitch and the match was abandoned. We have notified the Rutland League committee of the reasons why.”
Werrington have disputed this version of events and insisted they were just partaking in normal cricket ‘banter’.
Werrington captain Tanveer Mahmood said: “There was plenty of banter from both teams, but we were not abusing anyone. We were merely encouraging each other. Their captain didn’t explain to me why he took his team off. I was surprised.”
Werrington chairman Nigel Griffin attended the latter stages of the match as a spectator. He said: “The only swearing I heard was from two Weldon players. There were a couple of disputed umpiring decisions and there were words exchanged when one Weldon batsman was dismissed, but I didn’t hear any of our players using foul and abusive language. I had my daughter with me and the language used by the Weldon players was awful.”
Werrington were involved in an abandoned game last season after becoming embroiled in an argument at Ketton. Weldon were reported to the Rutland League last season after complaints from a resident of East Carlton about the ‘appalling language’ on the field.
The Rutland League committee are awaiting information from both clubs.
Weldon were 85-5 from 24 overs in reply to Werrington’s 208 all out when the match was abandoned. The match was umpired by the players.