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A Weekend Debacle - Cricketing Scandal Hits My Team

Son Of Coco

Hall of Fame Member
Dodgy tactics in local cricket!? It would never happen would it? Playing in a league from which no-one has been chosen to play for QLD/NSW, let alone Australia, since the 50's you wouldn't think enough would ride on a game of supposedly friendly Saturday cricket to warrant employing tactics some would refer to as downright rotten would you?

Before I start, I'd meant to start a thread on here tracking the results of my team and individual performances since the start of the season (it probably would have been riveting stuff too :p ), but I was a bit lazy and got too far behind so gave up before I started. To sum it up in a nutshell, we lost our first 5 games before finally coming up trumps last Saturday week, bowling the opposition team out for 90 and being 3/146 at the end of play - a great position from which to go for an outright the following week, and earn a valuable 12 points in the process (this would have put us mid-table before the break).

Last Saturday, however, things took a bit of a turn for the worse as far as we were concerned, when we turned up at Bilambil Sports Ground (near the QLD/NSW border) to resume our game - apparently it had been called off at 7 in the morning due to the ground being too wet! Yet, when we turned up at 12:30, an hour before play, the ground was dry and the wicket was only slightly damp at one end. What the hell was going on?

Before I continue, I should probably point out that there's a bit of history between our club and the one we were playing, we have had 5 of their players come over to us recently and I used to play for them myself about 5 years ago. Last year we played them at their home ground and after bowling first (our mistake) they scored 260 on an absolute road...when we turned up a week later their roller had apparently broken down and we got rolled for 140 and followed on on a deck that was doing a fair bit more than the week before (like having divots removed from it by the ball).

This year we had the above-mentioned debacle occur, where we turned up to play and the wicket had been deemed unfit to play on a full 5 1/2 hours before the game was due to start - apparently the captain had rung the umpire in charge of calling games due to wet weather and told him the ground wasn't fit for play and the umpire said 'well, if you don't think it's fit to play on we'll call it', without bothering to get anyone to inspect. As a result we're standing there looking at a perfectly fine wicket at 1:30pm (game starting time) and not being able to play as the umpire has been told not to turn up cause it's off. After strong words with the opposition captain there's nothing else we can do except protest to the committee itself, while the boys from the other team get to pack up their bat and ball and go home after being flogged the first week. It's a ridiculous situation...

Situations where the wicket changes from one week to the next, outfield gets longer etc etc are fairly common in our competition, and it seems the board are not willing to do anything about it...does anyone else face these problems playing in local competitions?
 

Nate

You'll Never Walk Alone
Hah, how lame of them.
I`ve only ever had the outfield problem, where it`s thick as when we bat, and then freshly cut the next week, etc.
 

33/3from3.3

International Vice-Captain
Not the same thing but the same general thing has happened to my team once
-indoor cricket (six a side)final Cricket Crusaders(us) vs No Hopers(our main rival)
we played them 3 times in the round robin and beat them every time
In the final their main batsman comes in to the net followed by a player who none of us had seen before he went on and made a 30 partnership their 2nd partnership makes 15
in the 3rd and last partenership made 46 the unknown guy was in this one aswell(because they had only 5 batters- 1 had a hand injury)
so we need 91 to win and he probably scored half the teams runs.
First annoying point they played the hurt hand guy in the feild (when he didnt bat)The unknown guy turns out to be a very fast accurate bowler and he takes the only 4 wickets of our innings ( wicket = -5 runs). we lost by 7 runs. The unknown guy was also in Caterbury U15 outdoor cricket. It incredibly annoys me how they called in a ringer just to help them win
 

sqwerty

U19 Cricketer
If you've got any sort of judiciary system in place in your comp it sounds like you have a reasonable case. In our comp you have to at least inform the opposition if the game's off. I've never heard of a captain simply calling the umpire to tell him it's off (if I read it correctly) unless the groundsman refused to hand the ground over.
 

open365

International Vice-Captain
the worst thing that's ever happened in our leauge was the chairman of our cricket club trying to start a breakaway leauge after being relegated.
 

Son Of Coco

Hall of Fame Member
sqwerty said:
If you've got any sort of judiciary system in place in your comp it sounds like you have a reasonable case. In our comp you have to at least inform the opposition if the game's off. I've never heard of a captain simply calling the umpire to tell him it's off (if I read it correctly) unless the groundsman refused to hand the ground over.
We definately should have a case...but funny things happen when the judiciary has a history of not acting on things like this.
 

Langeveldt

Soutie
Some guy pulled out a gun and started shooting aimlessly after a crap umpiring decision in one of the East Rand Leage matches I seem to recall..
 

thierry henry

International Captain
33/3from3.3 said:
Not the same thing but the same general thing has happened to my team once
-indoor cricket (six a side)final Cricket Crusaders(us) vs No Hopers(our main rival)
we played them 3 times in the round robin and beat them every time
In the final their main batsman comes in to the net followed by a player who none of us had seen before he went on and made a 30 partnership their 2nd partnership makes 15
in the 3rd and last partenership made 46 the unknown guy was in this one aswell(because they had only 5 batters- 1 had a hand injury)
so we need 91 to win and he probably scored half the teams runs.
First annoying point they played the hurt hand guy in the feild (when he didnt bat)The unknown guy turns out to be a very fast accurate bowler and he takes the only 4 wickets of our innings ( wicket = -5 runs). we lost by 7 runs. The unknown guy was also in Caterbury U15 outdoor cricket. It incredibly annoys me how they called in a ringer just to help them win
lol. To be fair, my social grade indoor cricket team sometimes calls on a guy who played Auckland under-19s last season, and is probably a fair chance at playing NZ under-19s this season. There's nothing particularly suspicious about it, he's just a mate of ours and sometimes we are short of players. However, I think there is a rule that all players in semi-final and finals matches must have played at least half of the regular season matches, or something like that, which solves the problem.
 

thierry henry

International Captain
This reminds me of a game my team played in under-15s. On the first week we racked up about 6/250 off about 45 or 50 overs, which was a really big score in that grade. The opposition seemed to be full of weedy 12-13 year olds and had nothing to offer in the bowling ranks.

Generally there is a forced declaration after 1 day, but because the last ten or so overs of the first day had been rained off, we got to resume the next week. Strangely, they were able to open the bowling on this occasion with a big, mean fast bowler who cleaned up our tail. Then, when they came out to bat, they turned out to be a team of absolute guns. It got so bad that I remember at least 3 of our team (including me) opting to bowl spin towards the end of the day, because our normal bowling obviously wasn't working. After a cautious start they scored about 350 off 50 overs, with 2 guys making extremely quick centuries, including the demon fast bowler who couldn't have taken more than 50 balls for his. I really didn't know what to make of that, except to assume that this club had decided to pack it's under-15 side with 12 year old future international specialist batsmen. It was a very strange game, because we were actually a better bowling side than batting side if anything.
 

33/3from3.3

International Vice-Captain
thierry henry said:
lol. To be fair, my social grade indoor cricket team sometimes calls on a guy who played Auckland under-19s last season, and is probably a fair chance at playing NZ under-19s this season. There's nothing particularly suspicious about it, he's just a mate of ours and sometimes we are short of players. However, I think there is a rule that all players in semi-final and finals matches must have played at least half of the regular season matches, or something like that, which solves the problem.
exactly it was the final and this guy didnt play any matches foor them over the season
 

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