MORTLAKE and Camperdown will split the points from their round nine clash after an independent tribunal last night found that the rule surrounding earlier starting times was unclear.
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The dividing of the points means that Camperdown will jump to second spot on the South West Cricket (SWC) ladder, while Mortlake will climb to third.

It is an improvement from fourth position, which is where the Cats dropped after the initial decision to reverse the result of the match.

The club lodged an appeal after its division one victory against Camperdown was discarded because the Lakers thought their opposition arrived late to the second day of the game.

Mortlake chased down the Lakers’ total of 9-322 on February 18 with two balls to spare, but the team’s seeming late arrival at Camperdown turf meant the result was reversed.

Captain Todd Lamont told The Standard last week that there was a misunderstanding.

Camperdown requested the opening day of the game, which was played on February 11, start an hour earlier at 11.30am, which Mortlake agreed to.

“We presumed we were starting at 12.30pm the next weekend, which is the normal time,” Lamont said last Thursday. Mortlake arrived at 12.10pm on the second day, which the Lakers believed was 40 minutes late.

The Cats copped a two-run penalty for each minute they were late, with the extra 80 runs lifting Camperdown’s total to a triumphant 9-402.

The tribunal found last night that the rules do not specifically state whether an earlier start time on the opening day of a two-dayer is also applied to the second day.

The tribunal panel prepared a statement after last night’s hearing.

“Both clubs were at fault for a lack of communication as neither club was clear in what was happening on the second day,” it said.

“The tribunal feels that the rules need to be looked at and clarified in relation to the starting times on the second day of play.

“In handing down the decision, we feel that no club was totally to blame and so the points will be split 50-50 between each club.”

Noorat will drop back to fourth position, meaning it is highly likely that Mortlake and Camperdown will meet in a semi-final on March 10 and 11.

Last night’s decision basically extinguished Bookaar’s slim hopes of sneaking into the finals.

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