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SUB-DISTRICT

BALNARRING won yet another match in MPCA Sub District on Saturday, however, the ladder leaders will not be able to claim the points, or, not yet.

The Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association stripped Balnarring of all of their points for claiming they played an unregistered player, Mitch Klienig.

Klienig was registered with the club, however, was permitted out to Ivanhoe last season for the final three games of the year.

Knowing Mitch Klienig was in fact registered, Balnarring CC was not aware that it required a permit from Ivanhoe back to their club.

Rather than communicate and use common sense, the MPCA simply stripped the Saint’s points and provided them with the opportunity to appeal.

Balnarring has contested the pennant committee ruling and has asked that they revisit their decision.

They have contested this on the grounds that “due process was not followed in accordance with senior playing rule 17 (b), under powers and responsibilities of the pennant committee which states (b) the pennant Committee shall determine appeals against refusals of clearances and applications for match permits. All permit applications must be submitted in writing and must have been submitted to the player’s club. Such applications must be made on the appropriate form”.

There was no permit application submitted in writing to the Balnarring Cricket Club at any point by the MPCA.

Balnarring CC has stated that it “certainly would not have played an ineligible player had the MPCA protocol been adhered to.”

Surely common sense from the MPCA will prevail here. Simply admit that the process was not followed and give back Balnarring the points they deserve.

On the park, Balnarring punished Ballam Park by more than 100 runs.

Defending 9/324, the Saints rolled the Knights for 207.

Stu Plunkett top scored for the Knights with 65 while Ben King continued his dominant form with the ball, claiming 5/70.

Dromana tried valiantly to get the 248 runs required to beat Tootgarook, however, finished 13 runs short. Jaryd Millington picked up 4/51 for Toot while Kierran Voelkl (78) and Zac Klan (73) were the run getters for the Hoppers.

In other matches, Carrum was rolled for 101 chasing Tyabb’s 7/246, Boneo beat Skye by seven runs, 2017 to 200 and Frankston YCW was too strong for Carrum Downs, scoring 204 in reply to Carrum Downs’ 177.

First published in the Frankston Times – 20 November 2017

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