CRCA slaps ban on South reps
By TONY WHITE
FOUR South Services first grade players will be banned from playing Premier League cricket this weekend after failing to notify Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) selectors of their unavailability for the Inter District match in Macksville last Sunday.
The players involved are Zac Page, Stuart Jonker, Matt Peterson and Steve Laybutt.
Under CRCA rules anyone picked for representative matches must notify selectors within 48 hours of the game if they are unavailable.
"The selectors were not notified what so ever," a disgruntled CRCA chairman Jeff Hackett said yesterday.
"The teams for first and second grade were published in the paper (Daily Examiner) on Tuesday and Wednesday and while some players originally selected notified us they would not be available, we didn't hear from four South players.
"Under the rules, basically it's straight forward, the same as other Association's, they are stood down from the club's next game and that is against Westlawn on Saturday.
"A letter will be forwarded to the South club notifying them of the situation.
"It's very disappointing. We nearly had to forfeit both games.
"First grade had nine and seconds 10 players and that included myself and a couple of others who thankfully helped make up some numbers.
"It is doubly disappointing because second grade had an opportunity to make the final if they won."