LAKE Albert’s biggest win of the Wagga District Cricket Association (WDCA) season is in jeopardy over a decision not to cover the pitch.
The Bulls caused an upset last Saturday when they handed South Wagga their first loss of the season.
The Blues have written to WDCA after they were forced to bat on a wet Wagga Cricket Ground wicket that had not been covered during the week.
Wagga received almost an inch of rain on Thursday and Friday leading up to the second day’s play.
Lake Albert captain Rob Nicoll said he spoke to the curator once a day from Tuesday through to Saturday and left the pitch uncovered at his request.
“I rang Mick (the curator) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and went to the ground every afternoon,” Nicoll said.
“The wicket didn’t assist us in getting wickets. They won the toss and bowled in favourable conditions last week, and we knuckled down.
“We’ve done nothing wrong.”
Lake Albert made 195 on the opening day, before South Wagga fell for 106 on Saturday.
The by-laws state that the team named first must work with the ground curator when putting covers on. It also says a Thursday night minimum in event of rain and that teams lose their points for failure to do so.
South Wagga confirmed they have sent a letter of protest to WDCA but chose not to comment further.
WDCA president Eric Koetz said the executive will look into the matter.
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