HONGKONG Cricket Club's Optimists have lost the leadership of the Connaught Sunday League - because of another administrative slip. After taking 12 points from their drawn game with club rivals Scorpions last Sunday, Optimists believed they had a one-point advantage over previous leaders Templars at the top of the the table. But the new Sunday table, published by the Hongkong Cricket Association yesterday, revealed that Optimists have had a further four points deducted for fielding an unregistered player for the fourth time. This means they have lost a total of 10 points this season under the new rule, which states that no player may play more than a total of three games without being a paid-up member of the association. Teams are penalised one point on the first infringement, two on the second and so on. While Templars remain on 227 points from 14 games, Optimists have slipped back to 224, putting the destiny of the championship back into the hands of the Kowloon Cricket Club outfit with only two fixtures to play. Tony Morgan, now the Optimists captain after the departure to Malaysia of Richard Nuttall, accepted the blame for the loss of the first six points because of a misunderstanding between himself and the club. The latest infringement surrounds pace bowler Murray Forbes, who has been playing in the territory while on holiday. After an unsuccessful appeal by former captain Nuttall last November, Morgan said he hoped the title would not be decided by the number of points a team had lost through the new rule. Said Morgan: ''I am quite staggered that the Hongkong Cricket Association are prepared to let six months of cricket, in which teams have been fighting to be the best, be determined on an administrative matter. ''Penalties should not have an effect on the outcome of the league.'' Meanwhile, the Saturday League will be decided today. Leaders Little Sai Wan (154 points) meet Witherers at So Kon Po, while second-placed Nomads (153 points) entertain Craigengower at Hongkong Cricket Club.