Game called off following incident between two players

Woodend Cricket Club could win a premiership this season without a grand final being played. 

This is one possible scenario that may arise following the abandonment of a match on Saturday, with two players reported to face the tribunal.

Woodend advanced to the Club South grand final by defeating Sunbury United by seven runs in a tight semi-final. 

It was the other semi-final that became a taking point in cricket circles, with the result posted online as ‘Game Abandoned’. Gisborne District Cricket Association secretary, Rob McIntyre, confirmed “there was an incident between two players” in the St Anthony’s versus Eynesbury semi-final. 

He said Eynesbury decided to leave the ground “as they felt it was not safe to continue”. 

At that stage Eynesbury was 2/34, chasing 190 for victory. 

McIntyre said an independent club umpire had reported the two players, and the case would go to the tribunal. 

The tribunal will be asked to decide if the match result is to be awarded to either team, or if the match should be declared null and void. 

The secretary said that if the null and void option was adopted, Woodend would then be declared premiers.