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Melbourne, St Thomas unhappy with JCA ruling

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 10:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Melbourne CC and the St Thomas Cricket Association are both unhappy with a recent ruling by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) appeals panel.

The appeals panel has ruled that their JCA 50-Overs tournament opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval be replayed on the grounds that home team Melbourne used a blue sight screen instead of black, as per tournament rules.

St Thomas, who lost the match by seven wickets, believe that rather than a replay, the game should have been awarded to them.

"I believe it was a compromise ruling," said St Thomas manager Keith Campbell.

"If you are to go strictly by the rules, which state that a black sight screen should be used, then the points should have been awarded to St Thomas."

Melbourne, who have agreed to abide by the ruling of the appeals panel, believe that the matter could have been dealt with differently as the JCA's competitions and complaints committee had originally ruled that the result should stand.

"We are disappointed with the ruling because it is not in the best interest of cricket," said Neil Reece, secretary of Melbourne.

"What has happened now is precedence being set where another ruling has gone to the boardroom when cricket is played on the field.

"What you could find happening now as well is that everybody could take the position that if anything happens on the field that they are not happy with, they are going to carry it to the boardroom and hope to win."

He continued: "The umpires actually ruled for the match to be played, and none of the captains disagreed."

The replay is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.