Fraser has his say on Carew’s controversial winning of the Pembroke County Cricket League

Division One winners - CarewFarcical, cowardly, embarrassing.
Whatever term best describes Carew Cricket Club's decision to declare on 18 for 1 at Cresselly this afternoon, a move that ultimately secured them the Pembroke County Cricket Club Division One title, only the most stubborn and defiant of individuals can argue that their actions were justified.
Technically of course, they broke no rules. And like it or not, the authorities are powerless to prevent them lifting the silverware and being crowned champions.
And personnel from within The Rooks themselves may even argue they had earned a 21 point lead heading into the final day, and therefore, were within their rights to do as they pleased.
But in reality, even the most die-hard of Carew Club members will know the declaration was wrong on every level.
I get that they were determined to recapture a top flight title that has eluded them since 2012. I get that there is a little room for sentiment when you’re playing your fierce rivals in an end of season title decider. And I get that what happened was within the regulations.
And yet, I find what they did extremely difficult to fathom.
Every sport has a basic level of dignity and conduct to adhere to. What Carew did fell way below the line on both counts. It ridiculed an enticing contest, it ruined a good hard-fought title race, and whether they like it or not, it severely taints their achievement.
But the most ridiculous factor in all of this? They were odds on to take the title regardless.
And it was a title they would have fully deserved. They have been the most consistent side throughout the summer, and have formed a solid unit with several match winners and game changers. Having been put into bat by Cresselly, all they had to do was apply themselves in the same manner they have done all year in the 45 over format, and anything but a comprehensive hammering would have been enough.
Their cowardice in refusing to take a challenge that was tilted heavily in their favour is baffling.
This incident of course, will not pass into the night quietly. The County Executive have my sympathy, as what was billed to be a terrific final day with titles and relegation issues going to the wire in the top four divisions, has now been completely overshadowed.
And for all the inevitable discussion that will come about rule changes and moral codes, there are some things you simply can't legislate for.
I sympathise also with Cresselly. They may not have overhauled the 21 point deficit regardless, but the fact they were denied the right to compete properly will surely linger long in the memory.
For them to come back out and chase 19 to win, and they did so to finish 24 for 1, was an insult beyond reprieve.
Whether the decision was a collective one I don't know, but what Carew have done is ruined their own credibility, and they will undoubtedly be pilloried now by many within local cricket circles.
And you know what?
They deserve everything they get.