Appeals against suspensions to two Cricket Shepparton B-grade captains were thrown out on Friday night.
Shepparton United captain Brian Tacey and Undera counterpart Paul Wickham were handed one-game bans for incidents in a round 10 game between the teams last month.
The clubs appealed through the independent tribunal in a bid to have Tacey and Wickham available for the final round of the regular season, which started on Saturday.
Cricket Shepparton senior cricket director Michael Van Dorsser told The News last week it was disappointing the skippers had not respected the advice of an umpire on January 28, particularly at a time when recruiting officials is difficult.
‘‘The captains have directly disobeyed a directive from an umpire and that’s not acceptable,’’ Van Dorsser said.
‘‘We need to make a stand on this type of stuff and make sure we’re supporting all our umpires.’’
The suspensions were a result of the Tacey and Wickham ending the match before the tea break on the second day, which is against association rules.
Van Dorsser said umpire David D’Elia, who is also the association president, informed the captains that they had to keep playing, but that advice was refused.
Both clubs were also fined $250 each.
Wickham and Tacey will be available for selection in the first round of finals, with Undera top of the ladder, while United sits in fourth.