I have read with concern the article about Staithes Cricket Club.
I wish to point out that although Richard Ward was fined, his ban was overruled by the Scarborough Cricket Appeals Panel.
They felt that Staithes Cricket Club would be better served by him being on the field as captain and leading his side, because of his obvious skill in leadership and calming influence. I think that says it all.
Indeed, there are other members of the club, including the secretary Mark Allen, who display similar qualities and always try to uphold the true spirit of the game of cricket.
Rob Plackett, Eskdale Road, Whitby by email