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Ineligible players in rearranged 2nd XI league match
Sunday 5thJune 2016

Liverpool Competition Playing Regulation 7.1.4 states:

In a Sunday 2nd XI rearranged match, a player who has played more than 50% 1st XI league and/or knockout matches for their club during their previous eleven consecutive matches will not be eligible. This rolling period of time may include part of the previous season.

so how was

(1) a player, Josh Hine, who has played seven times for his club's 1st XI in his previous eleven matches, allowed to play in yesterday's rearranged 2nd XI Premier Division match, Southport and Birkdale v Wallasey, when his playing clearly contravened the above Playing Regulation?  scorecard

The fielding of the same player in the 2nd XI T20 match against Spring View led to the Sandgrounders being eliminated from the competition.  scorecard

(2) a player, Andrew Ward, allowed to play in yesterday's match as he had also played seven of his previous eleven matches in Wallasey's 1st XI, though to his credit, his immediate three league matches were with the 2nd XI after being 'dropped' following the 1st XI's defeat by Northern on May 14th.

Two wrongs don't make a right but on one hand there is someone who is recognised as a 1st XI player who has made 151 1st XI league appearances since 2006 and whose highest score is 164, whilst on the other, there is a player who has made 78 1st XI league appearances since 2009 and whose highest score is 54 not out, his only 50.

St Helens Town's match against Rainford in the 2nd XI T20 was awarded to their opponents after Liam Gaskell was found to be ineligible. The decision was reached before the match finished.  scorecard

The 50% rule applies to both competitions.