Numurkah will be sweating on the availability of one of its star players ahead of this weekend’s Haisman Shield grand final.
Tim Arnel was reported on the first day of play in the Blues’ semi-final victory against Central Park-St Brendan’s, and will face an independent Cricket Shepparton tribunal tomorrow night.
Arnel was cited for equipment abuse and calling the umpire’s integrity into question after being given out LBW for a duck on Saturday at Numurkah Showgrounds.
The tearaway quick allegedly hit his stumps with his bat after the decision before remonstrating with the umpire following the announcement that he had been reported for the incident.
If Arnel was to be found guilty and suspended from the decider it would be a blow to Numurkah’s chances.
In the past three matches Arnel has snared 11-103 from 45 overs with the ball, while also smashing a decisive and unbeaten 45 against Tatura in the qualifying final.
But with Arnel having missed more than half the regular season, the Blues certainly have the ability to cover the quick if he is forced to sit out this weekend’s clash against Katandra.