Redbacks stripped of points

STRATFORD Cricket Club’s first grade side has been stripped of most of its points for the season.

Following the results of Saturday’s Sale-Maffra Cricket Association matches and clarification of the penalty that would be applied in relation to the alleged offence, Stratford withdrew its appeal within three minutes of the opening of the appeal hearing on Monday.

The penalty that was applied in relation to the offence was the loss of points for all matches in which the unregistered professional player competed. The decision did not affect Stratford’s final round victory over Sale City.

Even if Stratford won the appeal, the Redbacks would have missed out on a place in the semi-finals.

The decision, and allocation of points, means Bundalaguah finishes the home and away season on top of the ladder followed by Rosedale-Kilmany, Sale and Boisdale-Briagolong.

The matter was due to be heard by an independent panel set-up by Gippsland cricket’s governing body.

With difficulties forming an independent panel during the long weekend, the appeal will not be heard until Monday.