Cricket NSW chief Andrew Jones was reprimanded and handed a $3000 suspended fine for publicly arguing against a decision by Cricket to award victory to Victoria in a domestic one-day clash at the weekend.
In farcical scenes at North Sydney Oval on Sunday, the match was called off after 26 overs of Victoria’s run chase and with the Bushrangers at 4-108 and needing only 37 more runs to win.
It took more than 30 minutes before CA confirmed that Victoria had won under the Duckworth-Lewis system and it was another hour until it was made official that the Bushrangers would be awarded a bonus point.
The decision angered Jones, who declared on Twitter: “It should be a No Result. Conditions didn’t change all game so if it was dangerous for one side it was dangerous for the other.”
He added: “This is right up there with declaring BISP (Blacktown International Sports Park) pitch dangerous right after highest batting partnership in history of FC cricket.”
The Blacktown match between New Zealand and a CA XI two years ago was abandoned after a record opening stand between Ryan Carters and Aaron Finch.
CA took umbrage with Jones’ comments, ruling he had breached the code of conduct, relating to “public or media comment that is detrimental to the interests of cricket, irrespective of when or where such comment is made”.
In a statement on Wednesday, CA said: “The proposed sanction was a reprimand and fine of $3000, fully suspended, subject to Jones not being found guilty of any further breach of the Cricket Code of Conduct for a period of 24 months from 18 October 2017. Jones admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction and no hearing was required.”
The Bushrangers’ win took them into third spot, while ending the Blues’ bid for a third-straight competition win.
This latest farce came two years after a Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Victoria at the SCG was called off early because of concerns about the state of the outfield.