Controversy erupts over Aussie cricket side's 'detrimental' act

A dodgy declaration in the final round of Brisbane’s Premier Cricket competition has led to an almighty whack for the club involved.

Norths declared their first innings at 1-14 last weekend in response to University of Queensland’s 675 in an attempt to manipulate the final standings of the competition and their semi-final opponents.

The Vikings were hoping to avoid playing University in the finals by gifting them first-innings points.

Following a protest by University and fellow finalists Valley and Wests, the competition committee ruled Norths’ actions were “detrimental to the game or the spirit of the game”.

It’s just not cricket. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

The committee determined the first innings result would stand but UQ would receive five points instead of the usual 12.

Norths received zero points for the fixture.

That ruling means Wests finish top of the regular season standings ahead of UQ with Norths third and Valley fourth.

The final standings. Image: Brisbane Premier Cricket

UQ will therefore host Norths in a two-day semi-final this weekend while Wests host Valley.

“The spirit in which we play the game should be safeguarded at all times and this is a timely reminder for all of us,” Queensland Cricket chief executive Max Walters said.

But that’s not all

As further punishment, Norths have been docked 12 points for the start of next summer’s competition.

The club will also be ineligible to host a semi-final or final of Brisbane club cricket’s top tier next season.

Norths have 14 days to appeal the decision.