Carew Cricket Club posted this image to social media after winning the league title on Saturday

A Welsh cricket side say they were “hard done by” after a controversial declaration by their rivals denied them the chance to win the league title.

Cresselly won their ‘title-deciding’ match against Carew but it was the latter who ended up as champions.

Carew started the day 21 points clear and with 20 points for a win, declared on 18-1 to deny Cresselly the chance of any batting or bowling bonus points.

Cresselly say Carew’s decision was “at odds with their title of champions”.

The Pembroke County Cricket Club Division One side said: “We feel hard done by not being able to play a proper game.”

The decision has become a matter of controversy after Carew find themselves being accused of breaking the so-called ‘spirit of cricket’.

Although Carew’s tactics were within the rules, such a decision is rare and considered by many to have gone against the true spirit of the game.

Former Glamorgan captains Mark Wallace and Steve James are among those to condemn Carew’s decision.

What happened?

It’s just not cricket! Club side declares early to stop title rivals

The battle for the Division One title between leaders Carew and second-placed Cresselly came down to the final match decider.

But Carew appear to have worked out the mathematics which would see them lose the match but clinch the title if they denied their opponents any batting or bowling bonus points for batting and bowling.

Carew started with a 21 point lead and Cresselly received 20 points for their quick victory.

So after being put into bat, Carew declared on 18-1 after just 15 balls with Cresselly reaching their target in two overs and winning the game, but losing the title by a single point.

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