Blow to clubs

By STEVE ARCHBOLD

WITH THE semi-finals just around the corner Coffs Hotel Tigers and Bellingen-Dorrigo first grade cricket teams have been rocked by a decision to dock competition points for failing to hand in result sheets for washed out matches.

Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association have deducted 10 points from both the Coffs Hotel Tigers and Bellingen-Dorrigo in a blow to their chances of playing in the semi-finals.

Recording secretary Selwyn Manz deducted the points due to a failure by both clubs to submit result sheets for washed out matches in rounds 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12.

The provisional points table now sees Sawtell leading on followed 64 followed by Nana Glen 40, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts 37, Bellingen 35, Diggers Ex-Services 33 and Coffs Hotel Tigers 31 with only a one-day match on Saturday to complete the preliminary rounds before the semi-finals.

Park Beach Bowling Club Colts are the only club not to lose a point in all four grades.

Colts are the big winners from the points reshuffle moving from fifth to third.

Coffs Hotel Tigers first grade captain, Brad Greenshields said the decision is a blow to the club.

"I find it hard to believe that the first instance this occurred was November 26 and we are only finding out now verbally rather than in writing as the by-laws state," he said.

"If they want to stick to the rules that's fine but they should make sure they stick to them all.

"There will certainly be an appeal, don't worry about that."

Bellingen captain, Chris Moran, said the competition should be decided out on the paddock and not in the boardroom.

"It is a ridiculous situation when a team may qualify for the semi-finals when they don't really deserve to be there," he said.

"It costs plenty to play cricket and with all the washed out matches a decision like this makes it hard to keep players interested."

Moran admits his club was a victim of the a change in the by-laws where one word was deleted.

"In the past result sheets only had to be submitted if a match was washed out after it had commenced," Moran said.

Bellingen face a tough task to make the semi-finals when they travel to Sawtell.

"At this stage it is doubtful whether we will get onto Richardson Park but if it is deemed a washout you can be sure we won't forget to submit a result sheet," Moran said.Blow to clubs

By STEVE ARCHBOLD

WITH THE semi-finals just around the corner Coffs Hotel Tigers and Bellingen-Dorrigo first grade cricket teams have been rocked by a decision to dock competition points for failing to hand in result sheets for washed out matches.

Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association have deducted 10 points from both the Coffs Hotel Tigers and Bellingen-Dorrigo in a blow to their chances of playing in the semi-finals.

Recording secretary Selwyn Manz deducted the points due to a failure by both clubs to submit result sheets for washed out matches in rounds 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12.

The provisional points table now sees Sawtell leading on followed 64 followed by Nana Glen 40, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts 37, Bellingen 35, Diggers Ex-Services 33 and Coffs Hotel Tigers 31 with only a one-day match on Saturday to complete the preliminary rounds before the semi-finals.

Park Beach Bowling Club Colts are the only club not to lose a point in all four grades.

Colts are the big winners from the points reshuffle moving from fifth to third.

Coffs Hotel Tigers first grade captain, Brad Greenshields said the decision is a blow to the club.

"I find it hard to believe that the first instance this occurred was November 26 and we are only finding out now verbally rather than in writing as the by-laws state," he said.

"If they want to stick to the rules that's fine but they should make sure they stick to them all.

"There will certainly be an appeal, don't worry about that."

Bellingen captain, Chris Moran, said the competition should be decided out on the paddock and not in the boardroom.

"It is a ridiculous situation when a team may qualify for the semi-finals when they don't really deserve to be there," he said.

"It costs plenty to play cricket and with all the washed out matches a decision like this makes it hard to keep players interested."

Moran admits his club was a victim of the a change in the by-laws where one word was deleted.

"In the past result sheets only had to be submitted if a match was washed out after it had commenced," Moran said.

Bellingen face a tough task to make the semi-finals when they travel to Sawtell.

"At this stage it is doubtful whether we will get onto Richardson Park but if it is deemed a washout you can be sure we won't forget to submit a result sheet," Moran said.



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