Paul Hoffmann, the Saltires bowler, was the subject of a controversial SNCL ruling last night that will force the player to sit out Uddingston's premier division clash at Greenock before driving team-mate Ian Moran to Manchester late tonight.

Hoffmann, drafted into the side for tomorrow's Friends Provident Trophy clash with Lancashire as a replacement for Dewald Nel, was originally told he'd be travelling to Old Trafford with the majority of the Saltires players this afternoon. However, the seamer must instead act as a driver for Uddingston and Saltires professional Moran after watching his club side take on Greenock.

Uddingston team-mate Bryan Clarke hit out at the decision while even Greenock coach Tony Judd branded it "bizarre".

Clarke said: "Apparently there is a rule that all Saltires are banned from playing for their clubs the day before an away game so that they can travel south on the Saturday afternoon and prepare. The exceptions are the two overseas players who are contracted to their clubs and are allowed to go down later.

"But this makes a mockery of the logic because Paul could find himself arriving in Manchester at 2am before taking part in an important match a few hours later."

Judd, the former Saltires coach, added: "I think it's bizarre and wouldn't have any problem with Paul playing against us. My feeling is that the guys should be playing for their clubs on Saturday when it's only a three- or four-hour drive to Manchester."