Mortlake captain Todd Lamont.MORTLAKE is expected to inform South West Cricket (SWC) today whether or not it will lodge an appeal after the Cats’ win against Camperdown last weekend was discarded because they arrived late to the match.
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The Cats completed an impressive chase, eclipsing the Lakers’ total of 9-322 with two balls to spare but their late arrival to the clash at Camperdown turf last Saturday meant the result was reversed.

Mortlake captain Todd Lamont was naturally disappointed about the situation, in which his side lost second spot on the ladder ahead of the final home-and-away round, which starts tomorrow.

“It has put us to fourth and we’ll probably stay in fourth now,” he said.

“It was in the rules that (the other side doesn’t) have to enforce the penalty if they don’t want to.

“It was a complete misunderstanding but (Camperdown was) adamant they wanted to proceed with it. If the shoe was on the other foot, I don’t think I would’ve proceeded with the penalty.”

Camperdown requested the opening day of the match, which was played the previous week, start an hour earlier at 11.30am, which Mortlake agreed to. “It was my understanding that it was only starting at that time just for that weekend,” Lamont said.

“We presumed we were starting at 12.30pm the next weekend, which is the normal time.

“But we’ve since found out that if you start earlier one weekend, you have to start earlier the next weekend too.”

Mortlake arrived at the match 40 minutes after the starting time, copping a two-run penalty for each minute they were late.

It lifted Camperdown’s total to a triumphant 9-402, with the 80 runs falling under Mortlake extras.

Camperdown captain Chris Laurie preferred not to comment yesterday.

SWC secretary Grant Myers said the decision to penalise Mortlake was made on Wednesday night.

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