MITCHELL Cricket Council disciplinary, disputes and protest (DPP) committee decided Mudgee will go unpunished for fielding an over-age player, and Orange coach Andrew Litchfield said his players must accept the decision whether they agree with it or not.
“I spoke to Terry Ford (Mudgee 21s manager) about this recently, and I don’t think either of us thought it would come to a head like this,” he said.
“If the player has genuinely marked his birth year wrongly, then Mitchell has made the right decision. I trust Terry, and the MDCA’s take on it. We all do this in a voluntary capacity and no one can sit and go through it all [registration forms] to check everything. There is a certain faith put in everyone.”
Litchfield said Orange had put themselves in this position (missing out on the right to host the major semi-final) anyway.
“We lost to the Blue Mountains, a game we should have won,” he explained.
“If we win that game, there is no issue. Travelling will make it harder, and I think a few boys are unavailable. But whatever 11 we put on the paddock will represent Orange well.”