YORK Cricket Club has apologised following a controversial Jonny Bairstow-like dismissal during their match at Sessay on Saturday - admitting that it was not within the keeping of cricket.

In a statement posted on social media, Club Chairman Dr Nigel Durham apologised to the Thirk-based club for the “deeply regrettable incident” one week on from Bairstow’s dismissal by Alex Carey in similar circumstances during the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

With Tim Hall and all-rounder Diego Rosier scoring at a rate of knots for the hosts in chasing down a reduced target of 136 from 26 overs, the pair looked to be forming a formidable partnership.

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But controversy struck when Rosier made his way down the crease to congratulate his partner on a half-century.

Having grounded his bat, it appeared that all was well, with fielder Breidyn Schaper delaying before throwing the ball to wicketkeeper Tom Brooks, who took off the bails whilst Rosier was making his way back to the wicket.

The South African was ruled out by the umpires after some discussion after scoring 35 from just 24 balls - a dismissal that has caused outrage across social media in a clip that has been viewed over 360,000 times.

Now, the Clifton Park club has responded in a statement, saying that they have learned from the incident and will ensure that such a dismissal does not happen again.

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It read: “The club has enacted some serious soul searching following the deeply regrettable incident that took place when York 1st XI played at Sessay Cricket Club.

“First and foremost, we reiterate the apology we gave after the match, without reservation to Sessay Cricket Club, its players, officials and supporters.

“In all walks of life, mistakes are made, and this was definitely one, for which we sincerely apologise. The dismissal of Diego Rosier wasn’t cricket or within the spirit of cricket.

“The captain, the whole team and club are mortified by the error of judgement that was made. We will learn from it and it will never happen again.

“We will move on from Saturday with a better understanding of the game we all love and why it must be protected from moments like this and always played within the right spirit.”

York will look to maintain their standing at the top of the Hunters YPL North premier division at home to Ryedale outfit Sherriff Hutton Bridge on Saturday, whilst Sessay make the trip to Harrogate.