Hearing into disputed tie yet to make a decision 

WHAT constitutes the end of a cricket match was the issue under the microscope for  the Tamworth District Cricket Association (TDCA)  at a hearing on Wednesday night.

The hearing follows a controversial end to a first grade game between South and North Tamworth on Saturday.

A run out on the second last ball originally meant that South won the game by one run.

After the players and officials left the field, an umpire reversed a  decision and called the last ball of the game a wide, changing the score books.

This resulted in the game being tied, with both teams scoring 175 runs.

South lodged an appeal with the TDCA sometime after the match against the decision.

TDCA secretary Hayley Bullock said that South was not disputing whether or not the ball was a wide, but rather how an umpire can change his mind after stumps have been pulled.

“The issue is what constitutes the end of a match,” Bullock said.

“Is it when the stumps are pulled or is it when the score books are signed?

“It is a bit confusing in the rule book.”

Wednesday night saw South captain Nick Leyden and North captain Michael Rixon give their version of events to the TDCA Board of Control panel.

A submission from the umpires was also given, with umpires’ president Mark Mitchell present.

The panel of 12, comprising a representative from every club, an umpires’ representative and the top four roles in the TDCA could not come to a decision.

“We decided to suspend the hearing until we receive some technical advice,” Bullock said.

The matter has been passed on to the NSW Umpires and Scorers Association for further analysis.

The findings are expected to be back within a week, when the TDCA will make a decision.

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