All Cricket Shepparton results from last weekend’s round will stand, despite controversy and confusion surrounding the rules.
Cricket Shepparton president David D’Elia said advice from Cricket Victoria was to keep the results as they stood from last Saturday.
A change in finish times was not updated in the official Cricket Shepparton handbook for this season, leading to the confusion among players and umpires.
The one-day clash between Numurkah and Mooroopna sensationally ended in a draw with only two overs remaining, with the umpire interpreting the rules that play had to end by 7pm.
But rule 27.1 (a) had been changed during the off-season to say one-day matches should start at 12.30pm and finish at 6.20pm
Rain forced players off the field at Numurkah Showgrounds for more than an hour.
Two other matches finished at 7.20pm, with Katandra and Kyabram winning their respective games against Old Students and Tatura after umpires extended play.
Play can be extended by an hour if time is lost due to wet weather.
‘‘Richard Patterson, from Cricket Victoria, has told us that the results should stand unless it is deemed there is a grave error of judgment, but the umpires umpired their games in good faith,’’ D’Elia said.
D’Elia said an updated version of the association’s rules, including what happens in one-day games would be on the website before tomorrow’s games.
Mooroopna captain Paul Marshall was unhappy about the Cats’ game finishing in a draw, with Numurkah having just one wicket in hand and needing 17 runs to win with two overs to play.
‘‘To have a one-day game finish that way is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard in my life,’’ Marshall told The News on Sunday.
‘‘Everyone is sticking by the rules and that’s why rules are there for, but we were all dumbfounded by it that you could have two overs to bowl and the game ends in a draw.’’