Uncovered pitch stirs up Lennox
By Adam Hicks
DON'T blame it on the rain, it was Alstonville's fault their fourth-round L J Hooker League cricket match was washed out, according to Lennox Head captain Paul Everingham.
Everingham said the club would protest to the League after it was 'robbed' of a chance at victory because the Alstonville club did not cover the pitch.
Alstonville captain Steve Robb said he too was disappointed, but said his team should not be held responsible for the weather.
On a weekend where no other matches were affected, Lennox Head were set to resume at 1-20 needing 180 against Alstonville at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, before the game was abandoned after rain on Saturday morning.
Everingham said it was not fair that the teams share the points because it was the home side's responsibilty to cover the pitch
"It's ridiculous," he said.
"L J Hooker rules say the home team is supposed to be in charge of the covers and someone should be there if it's threatening to rain.
"The game was abandoned because they were caught short.
"Subsequently, we were deprived of the chance to chase 150 with nine wickets in hand ... we should have been a very, very decent chance of chasing down the runs."
Robb said he would be speaking with club officials to discuss the protest.
"A freak shower came through in the morning and unfortunately it made the pitch unplayable," he said.
"The match was evenly poised and both sides probably thought they had a good chance to get the points.
"I'm not too sure of the laws (responsibilty for the covers) ... I'm not in charge of looking after the wicket."
The L J Hooker League president Brett Crawford confirmed Lennox Head had lodged a protest and said the matter would be decided through the week.
Everingham said the incident had cost his team the chance to continue their winning run.
"I feel we got robbed," he said.
"We had to pull out the covers three times in the first round knowing full well if we didn't adhere to our duties, that it (loss of points) is what's going to happen.
"It was just a sheer lack of someone being there. Being slack is not an excuse.
"We can all be caught short but you have to bare the consequences.
"If they had the covers on, the rain we had would not have affected the game."
Robb said he would have to talk to club officials before making any further comment.
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