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After declaring innings on 18-1, Carew CC won the title by a mere point.

Welsh cricket club Carew CC cause mass controversy in title decider

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Away from England vs West Indies in their current Test series, controversy has been sparked in the sport surrounding a Welsh club.

Welsh cricket club Carew CC drew much undesired fanfare as huge controversy swarms around their move to declare an innings on just 18-1 after 2.3 overs.

The reason behind this surprising decision?

To prevent the club's closest rivals from being able to claim the title.

While the move was technically legal, the public has not taken too kind to it as many have taken to Twitter to express their disgust and disapproval.

Carew CC's rivals Cresselly won the match by nine wickets, but after Carew's decision to declare their innings so early on, their rivals were unable to claim the title because they could only receive 20 points, 1 point short of Carew CC.

There are bonus points on offer for bowling and batting stats, but due to the brief match, Cresselly couldn't take any home for themselves, leaving them short of their required tally.

To make things worse, Carew CC were then presented with the trophy after the match.

High profile names in the sport Gareth Rees, Mark Wallace, and Steve James have all taken to social media to express their dismay, using words such as pathetic and disgraceful.

Rules can sometimes be very loose and have many loopholes to get around them; declaring the innings in such a manner was not against the rules, but goes against the game's policy of courtesy and respect.

Could you imagine if such a thing happened in a higher-profile match?

This has caused major unrest in the sport in the Welsh country, and with more and more people becoming aware of the situation, more people have had their say on how ethical they see the action of Carew CC.

With the spirit and integrity of the game damaged, Cresselly can rightfully so head home in frustration as a breach of the unspoken policy of respect may have changed the game in the Welsh league for years to come.

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