Team sheet error probe

A TEAM sheet error threatens to overshadow a defiant century from Russells Creek veteran Paul Walker as his side set finals aspirant Allansford a big challenge.

Walker made 103, his fourth division one ton for the Creekers in three seasons, as his side reached 209 before being bowled out in the 62nd over. 

At stumps, Allansford is 2-25, needing a further 185 to stitch up a semi-final berth and second place in the Hopkins conference.

The Gators sit second on the table, narrowly ahead of Woodford but if they stumble and the Eels prevail over Merrivale, their season would be over.

Complicating the fight for second place in the Hopkins conference is that Creek submitted an incorrect team sheet on Saturday.

Skipper Nathan Divall pointed out the error to the umpires and opposing captain Kyall Timms. But Divall said yesterday he was unsure what, if any, action would be taken against his side.

“The sheet had Jayaweera Bandara instead of Jack Ansell,” Divall said.

“They knew Bundy wasn’t intending to play. It was a complete oversight but it’s up to Allansford what they want to do.

“We had no intention to deceive them.”

Divall said Walker’s innings was impressive.

“He batted really well from the word go,” he said.

Divall said Walker, batting at number four, had shown good poise as wickets fell regularly at the other end.

The skipper said a host of young players had worked hard to help Walker reach his ton with six under 17 players in the side.

“None of them looked out of their depth and they all contributed in their own way. Without three or four of those kids, he wouldn’t have got to 100. There were a lot of singles and they kept getting him on strike.”

Divall said the total was competitive.

“I probably would have liked a few more but getting a couple of wickets at the end, I would say it’s evenly poised. They have a pretty good batting line-up.”

WDCA general manager Michael Harrison said yesterday the association was looking into the team sheet error.

grbest@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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