Redbacks appeal this week

STRATFORD’S appeal against charges handed down by the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association will be heard this week.

As reported in Friday’s Gippsland Times, the association last week made a decision to strip Stratford’s first grade side of all points for the 2014-15 season, because it had allegedly failed to properly register a professional player.

Stratford refutes the allegations, maintaining the player in question has not been paid.

If found guilty of breaching the rule, points would be redistributed with opposition teams receiving maximum points for games played against Stratford.

A guilty verdict is likely to lead to a reshuffle of ladder positions. Bundalaguah, which lost to Stratford in round two, could move to the top.

The time for the appeal is yet to be determined.