Nesbitt Park deemed unplayable

OPPOSING captains Jason Caught and Phil Dalli are miffed at Nesbitt Park being declared unplayable for the second day of the Lismore Workers v Tintenbar-East Ballina match at South Lismore on Saturday.

Across town at Nielson Park, the Souths v Brothers match went ahead, as did three LDCA first grade matches including one at Oakes Oval.

Groundsmen at Nesbitt Park had reportedly rolled and marked the pitch before the captains received the call about 10am that the match was called off.

Dalli was particularly incensed with the decision given that Tintenbar-East Ballina are locked in a scrimmage for the last spot in the semi-finals.

“I can’t understand it,” Dalli said.

“All the other matches went on in Lismore but apparently our deck was wet.

“How does that happen?”

Fresh from his first ton of the season, Dalli was set to lead the run chase and close in on the top four but will now have to rely on other results to get a run in the finals.

“We were really desperate to get the points, but I think we are stuffed now,” he said.

“We would like to know what happened.”

The second day also represented an opportunity for Workers – they are out of the title race but had a solid total of 207 to defend in searching for their first win since the opening round.

Captain Caught, who hit 52 in the first innings to set up the big total, was just as confused as Dalli.

“When I went down early on Saturday morning it all looked okay,” Caught said.

“The pitch had been rolled and marked, so I don’t know what went wrong.”

Competition points: Cudgen 69, Ballina Bears 66, Casino Cavaliers 64, Marist Brothers 55, Alstonville 48, Tintenbar-East Ballina 46, South Tweed Colts 46, Southern Districts 46, Terranora Lakes 45, Lennox Head 36, Brunswick-Byron 21, Lismore Workers 21, Murwill-umbah 14, Pottsville 7.

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