Eastbourne Cricket Club chairman Ian-Fletcher Price was quick to defend former Pakistan Test bowler Mohammed Akram following their relegation this week.
Eastbourne were sent down by just two points behind Worthing after their final day victory against Roffey.
It was made all the more painful as the side were deducted five points by the league following unsporting behaviour by Akram after he was given out at Hastings earlier in the season.
Akram was drafted into the side late in the season as Eastbourne sought additional firepower to lift them away from the drop zone.
He played four games and took a total of nine wickets including a five-wicket haul in the ill-fated match at Hastings.
Fletch said, “The fact is we were in a relegation fight long before Akram joined us. We had plenty of opportunities to get those points and our whole season does not come down to that incident. We have to take it on the chin as a team.”