The Yorkshire South Premier League is very sorry to announce that Ray Knowles has stood down from his League committee role with immediate effect. 
 
Ray was recently subject to serious verbal abuse from an official of another cricket organisation. It was not the first such incident. In his message of resignation, Ray says that he is no longer prepared to accept this ‘obscene language and totally unacceptable behaviour.’  The League is not prepared to tolerate abuse of our officials and has instigated formal proceedings against the individual concerned. 
 
We wish to place on record our sincere thanks to Ray for all that he has done for our league. From his involvement in the hard work that went into setting up the League during 2015, and throughout the following four seasons, he has worked selflessly, particularly on disciplinary and safeguarding issues, and has been a voice of common sense and experience around the committee table. He will be much missed. 
 
Ray has also stood down from his committee role with our Umpires Association and, in his resignation message, he says, “I wish both organisations all the best; please continue with your excellent contributions to making both the Yorkshire South Premier League and Yorkshire Premier Umpires Association the envy of others in our county.” 
 
Ray will continue to umpire, and we hope to see him at our games and functions in the future – he will always be welcome. His invaluable contribution to the early years of our League’s existence will be properly recognised in due course. 
 
Until our AGM, responsibility for all disciplinary issues will be taken by the chairman, Roger Pugh, whilst the secretary, Steve Ward, will look after safeguarding issues. 
 
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