WHISTON Parish Church are sweating on their promotion to the top flight of the Yorkshire Cricket Southern Premier League as they wait for a ruling from administrators.
Church's first team have finished in the second automatic promotion place in the league's second tier but have a 12-point deduction hanging over them for repeated poor discipline this season.
The punishment is due to kick in when it has the most impact.
Whiston's defeat to Cleethorpes last weekend, coupled with Houghton Main's win over Rockingham, left just two points between the teams in the final table and many expected the points deduction to be implemented, handing Houghton Main promotion instead.
However it has now emerged that Houghton Main might not meet the England Cricket Board's Premier League criteria, thus paving the way for Whiston to be promoted and instead take their 12-point hit at the start of the 2022 campaign.
The league are waiting for information from Houghton Main before progress can be made towards a decision on the matter.
League vice chairman David Ward said: “There are two lots of criteria for clubs in the Premier League — Clubmark and Premier League criteria.
“Houghton Main are OK with Clubmark but at the present moment in time they do not meet the Premier League criteria.
“We are awaiting some information from Houghton Main. Once we have that, we will discuss it with the ECB because they set the Premier League criteria and changed it from 2020 to 2021.
“They will advise us what we have to do but us as a league will have to make the final decision.”
Mr Ward added: “If Houghton Main don't meet the Premier League criteria then there is no point taking the points off Whiston this year because they would go up anyway. The points would come off next year.
“But at this point in time Cleethorpes are champions but the second promotion place isn't finalised.”
The YSPL have a management committee at the end of the month when they need to have all the information and guidance to hand to make a decision.
Meanwhile, overseas ace Aamir Jamal could be back at Whiston Parish Church next year, whatever league they are in.
Jamal had a terrific season with both the bat and ball, taking 63 wickets at an average of 12.38 and scored 590 runs at an average of 65.56.
Church secretary Peter Maw said: “Aamir has been a real hit with the club, coaching the juniors and inspiring the senior players. He hopes to be back next season.”
Whiston PC hold their annual charity day in aid of Bluebell Wood on Saturday.
The bar opens at noon with a Hundred match starting at 1.30pm.
There is a raffle, BBQ by Lawns, bouncy castle and evening entertainment.
Church U18s face Sheff Collegiate at Wickersley in the Paramore Cup final on Sunday (1pm).