Flatts have lost their bid to have a one-year ban imposed on star cricketer Kevin Hurdle overturned.
The veteran fast bowler was found guilty of physically assaulting another player and showing serious dissent at an umpires decision during a May 6 First Division match at St Johns Field involving his team and hosts Western Stars.
A Flatts spokesperson confirmed that the clubs appeal against Hurdles ban was rejected, meaning the veteran cricketer will not be eligible to play again until June 18, 2013.
Flatts stalwart Rahji Edness was banned for two 50 over matches after being found guilty of using obscene, insulting and offensive language or gestures during the controversial May 6 First Division match at St Johns Field that was abandoned after tempers flared.
Stars father and son duo Andre and Tre Manders were reprimanded after being found guilty of committing Level One offences in the same match that marred the opening weekend of the 2012 cricket season.
There were no official umpires at the match that was halted in the 23rd over of the hosts innings. Stars were on 122 without loss in reply to the visitors 312 when stand -in umpire and Western Stars president Wayne Campbell decided enough was enough and pulled stumps.
During the game, Stars batsman Tre Manders stood his ground after he was adjudged to have been run out by stand-in umpire Wayne Campbell who is the president of Western Stars Sports Club.
It is then alleged that heated words were exchanged between the batsman and Edness which resulted with the former threatening to strike the latter with the bat.
It is understood that Hurdle eventually stepped in to separate the two men but is alleged to have been shoved by Manders father Andre who is Stars player/coach.
Former Somerset Cup Match skipper Manders denies shoving Hurdle.
I didnt shove Kevin, he said. Why would I do something like that as an umpire?
In retaliation to being shoved Hurdle is alleged to have kicked the senior Manders.
Hurdle declined to comment.
Stars batsman Tre stood his ground after being told to do so by his father who was serving as stand-in square leg umpire at the time of the incident.
I told Tre to stay because the ball had crossed the boundary for a four and I was trying to signal this to the umpire who didnt see it, the senior Manders said. The Flatts players were also unsure and thats what started the dispute.
Meanwhile, Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that Willow Cuts cricketer Toronto Darrell has been banned for one year for threatening to assault an umpire during a May 27 Premier 50 over match between his team and Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval.
Darrell will not be eligible to play again until June 6, 2013.
It remains unclear whether Willow Cuts will appeal against the sanctions imposed against their player.