STICKY WICKET: South Wagga batsmen Brayden Ambler plays a shot on the Wagga Cricket Ground pitch that was been at the centre of the controversy. Lake Albert has been stripped of its game winpoints earned from the controversial match with South Wagga,following an appeal to theNorthern Riverina Cricket Council (NRCC).

The NRCC appeals committee found that Lake Albert erred when covers were not placed on the Wagga Cricket Ground ahead of the second day of the round five clash last month.

The committee decidedthe Bulls failed to meet their duties under the by-laws of theWagga and District Cricket Assocation (WDCA).

The decision comes after WDCAawarded both teams full points following a complaint from South Wagga about being forced to play on a wet wicket.

Lake Albert appealed that decision and it was a move that looks to have backfired.

After both clubs were informed of the decision on Saturday nightWDCA slapped a media ban on both clubs.

Lake Albert president Jason Samuelson said the club would abide by the instructions but did indicate they are exploring avenues for another appeal.

South Wagga captain Joel Robinson has sought clarification over the final breakdown of the points from the match, that has not been forthcoming, buthe believes theBlues will retain the points handed down by the initial WDCA decision.

“If it is as it reads I think commonsense has prevailed and they’ve made the right decision,” Robinson said.

Two senior WDCA officials did not return calls from The Daily Advertiserwhile a third refused to comment on the issue.

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