Brett Eldridge.NESTLES captain-coach Brett Eldridge will miss the final home-and-away round of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) season after accepting an automatic suspension.
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The Factory skipper was reported in last Saturday’s round 11 match against Brierly Christ Church for disputing or questioning an umpire’s decision. Association general manager Andrew Sloane said Eldridge could either accept a one-match ban with an early plea or front an independent tribunal.

He opted for the former.

It means he will be sidelined for Nestles’ final home-and-away round match, which is the top-of-the-table clash against second-ranked West Warrnambool.

The Factory has already claimed the WDCA minor premiership, with the team yet to drop a match in 2011-12.

“Obviously it’s disappointing to miss the last game of the season when we’ve got a chance to go through the season undefeated,” Eldridge said.

“I guess the only positive to come out of it is that we’re not still fighting for a finals spot.

“We’ve already rewarded ourselves with the position we’re in.”

If the captain had challenged the report and fronted the independent tribunal, he would have been at risk of being ruled out of Nestles’ semi-final on March 17 and 18.

Eldridge was the vice-captain and one of the top performers for the WDCA at Melbourne Country Week a fortnight ago.

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