William Dick Cricket Media Scotland
Two cricketing brothers have been banned after a bust-up during a crucial National League match. The row broke out when Edinburgh bowler Atif Hussain appeared to throw the ball at the body of Falkland opening batsman Mike Watson - immediately after getting him out in the Second Division encounter.
The players then traded insults, with Atif's brother Kashif joining the heated argument at Scroggie Park earlier this month. All three were reported to the competition's disciplinary panel, who found them guilty of "level two" offences and imposed two-match suspensions.
Atif Hussain was accused of "throwing the ball at or near" Watson, who - along with Kashif Hussain - was convicted of bringing the game into disrepute.
Falkland skipper Stuart Lindsay said: "We have no arguments about the punishment handed down to our man. He did over-react - though his response was what you might expect in the circumstances.
"The Edinburgh lad dismissed him caught and bowled, then for some reason chucked the ball back down the wicket at Mike.
"It missed him by a tiny margin and smashed into the top of the stumps. If the ball had hit him, it would have been a much more serious matter - probably assault.
"The verbals then started and, later on, when Mike asked Atif for an apology and it was refused, the whole episode kicked off again."
The trio were then reported by umpires Ian Cran and Clive Allan.
Meanwhile, another capital-based Second Division team are still waiting to find out if they will be hit by an Italian soccer-style punishment which would make it virtually impossible for them to survive in the SNCL.
RH Corstorphine have admitted fielding an overseas player who is not eligible to appear in the league. And if the Cricket Scotland competitions committee take a tough stance, they could be forced to start the second half of the campaign with a negative points tally.
The player at the centre of the issue is believed to have been part of the Corstorphine line-up in most of their fixtures since the start of the season.
And committee member Mark Townson revealed that, by breaching one regulation, the club have also fallen foul of another rule. He said: "By including the player in question, Corstorphine failed to field the required seven Scotland-qualified men in their side, so there are two separate situations.
"The case will be discussed fully in the near future and we will come to a decision on what to do next."
Corstorphine president Arnie Sathiy said: "We don't want to make any comment at the moment because the issue is under discussion with Cricket Scotland."