Cricket controversy

Two Twenty20 and the Cobar Cowboys representative cricket game against Nyngan were washed out on the weekend with only the 40 Over game between Golf Club and Empire going ahead on Saturday.

The controversial match went down to the last over and, after what appears to be an error in the scoring, the official winner of the match is yet to be confirmed.

The 40 Over game had to be moved to the synthetic wicket as the turf wicket was too wet to play on.

Empire won the toss and elected to bat first.

Opener Jay Egan top scored with 49 runs while Tristan Everett scored 31 runs.

Empire were bowled out in the 34th over with Archie McMaster and Ahmed Pulock taking three wickets each for Golf Club.

It’s here where the controversy starts with Empire’s innings total in the scorebook listed as 196 runs.

Commencing their innings chasing 196 runs for victory, Golfie’s opener Alec Fraser found a bit form top scoring with 58 runs.

After a mini collapse with the wickets of  Ahmed Pulock (6), Scott Toomey (4) and Craig Youd (16), Golf Club at 6/128 was needing a further 68 runs from 11 overs to win. Archer McMaster (23 not out) and Jack Fazulla (21 not out) handled the pressure to get Golf Club home in the final over and they finished at 7/197.

Following a review of the scorebook, the Empire innings total was found to be 202 runs.

The match result has now been referred to the Cobar District Cricket Club executive for deliberation.contributed