Four first-grade Lake Illawarra players have been suspended for up to a combined 38 games, while Shellharbour’s Brynley Richards was banned for six weeks following a series of incidents in their one-day cricket match last Saturday week.
South Coast Cricket Association president Grant Tilling, who was on the three-man judiciary panel of Friday night’s four-hour hearing, refused to discuss the matter but the Mercury can confirm five players were banned for between three games (six weeks) and up to 11 games.
‘‘We don’t think this is a matter for the Mercury or the media. We want to respect the rights of the persons involved and there’ll be no discussion about it,’’ Tilling said.
The hearing at Oak Flats Bowling Club investigated allegations of violent conduct between players, including an alleged head-butt, plus threatening and intimidating behaviour, including abusive language.
Lake Illawarra brothers Mark and Scott Ulcigrai, who were allegedly subjected to racial vilification, were found guilty of violent conduct and suspended until March 10.
The pair will miss up to six Twenty20 games including any semi-final and final, plus the February 3 one-day final and all four remaining competition rounds.
Former Lakers skipper Tony McCabe was found guilty of violent conduct and suspended for six weeks. He was banned for up to 10 games and will miss the rest of the T20 comp, the one-day final and three two-day games.
Lake’s top all-rounder Brendan White was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and suspended until Monday February 4 – the day after the one-day final.
Fast bowler Jamie Crowhurst, the fifth Lake player cited, had no case to answer.
Shellharbour batsman Brynley Richards was found not guilty of alleged racial vilification but guilty of abusive language and banned until February 24.
Two officials of the Shellharbour club also did not wish to make a comment.
Lakers skipper Shane Cody said his club was disappointed by the judiciary outcomes. ‘‘We are disappointed with how it turned out and are going to go through the right processes and see what happens from there,’’ Cody said. ‘‘We have not ruled out an appeal.’’