UNDERFIRE:Matthew Pigg, left, encourages his bowler during Saturday?s play in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union premier le
UNDERFIRE:Matthew Pigg, left, encourages his bowler during Saturday?s play in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union premier le

CRCAcites Pigg



GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst player Matt Pigg has been cited to appear before the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) judiciary.

Pigg, a former CRCA representative and Tucabia captain, was cited by commissioner Peter Rowland after studying an umpires incident report arising from Tucabia's match against Harwood Hilton at McKittrick Oval last Saturday.

Rowland considered Pigg had a case to answer and the matter will be heard at the CRCA head office at Ellem Oval this Thursday.

Pigg has been charged for an alleged breach of the players' code of conduct laws.

It is understood the citing involves a dispute that erupted over the number of overs that had to be bowled in the game.

In other major local cricket news, Brothers Post Office Hotel were docked four competition points on Wednesday night by the CRCA after an investigation into Brothers failure to cover the wicket prior to the match against Tucabia at Ellem Oval in December last year.

It is a bitter blow for Brothers in its quest to qualify for this season's finals series.

"It was our own fault we have no recourse and accept the decision," Brothers captain Corey Bertalli said.

"It was a stupid mistake. We should have covered the pitch.

"And to make matters worse it was a game we won."

Brothers take on Westlawn at Ellem Oval today on the first day of the scheduled two-day match.

Brothers will be without Troy McLaren and Andrew Rosby.

"We've brought in a couple of youngsters Peter McNamara and Sam Jackson," Bertalli said. "Pete bowls medium pace and can bat a bit.

"It should add some strength to the bowling department and open up a few options."

Bertalli said Brothers are all but gone in finals contention but if the side keeps winning, there is still a hope they can leap frog other teams.

"The pressure is on, we've got to win our last few games," Bertalli added.

Westlawn's Andrew Firth however gave an ominous warning the defending premiers are "ready to rumble.

"The guy's are pumped and ready. We're looking to start our campaign for the finals.

Opener Daniel Amos has been troubled by a wrist injury, but expects to play today.

Young guns Daniel and Brendan Purser have cemented permanent places in first grade and the brothers' batting prowess has added strength to Westlawn's quest to win five straight premierships.

Harwood will be without Greg Firth and Ed Munday when they tackle South Services at Iluka Oval.

Andrew Whiteside is still out with a hamstring injury but Peter Hickey and Matt Petrie, who missed Harwood's loss to Tucabia last week, have returned.

"It is a very important match for us, especially with the minor premiership involved," Harwood captain Tim McMahon said.

"We need to win this one and string a couple of wins together.

"The boy's realise we haven't been playing well, especially in the field. We know we can play better, we've trained well and are keen to lift our game."

In the Lower Cricket competition Lawrence take on Wanderers at Barry Watts Oval and United play Yamba at Yamba Oval.

Key Lawrence bowler Scott Davis, who has taken a swag of wickets this season, will miss the match.

In other news United were cleared and not docked any points following an inquiry by the Lower Clarence Cricket Association on Tuesday over the club allegedly using an unregistered player the match against Wanderers last Sunday.

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