Queensland Cricket has confirmed the final placings and semi-finals of the Cam Battersby Cup in the Bulls Masters Premier Cricket competition.
The two-day semi-finals this weekend will see Western Suburbs host Valley at Graceville and University of Queensland take on reigning Premiers Norths at WEP Harris Oval.
The semi-finals were confirmed following a hearing by the Premier Cricket Committee on Tuesday night after Valley, Wests and University lodged protests disputing the outcome of the final round match between UQ and Norths at WEP Harris Oval last weekend.
After University batted to score 9-675 (dec), Norths declared their first innings at 1-14, ensuring a first innings win to UQ which lifted them into top spot on the ladder.
Following on, Norths reached 1-36 when stumps were drawn.
After seeking written representations from the clubs, the PCC agreed that Norths’ actions constituted “conduct or action detrimental to the game or the spirit of the game”.
Premier Cricket Committee Chairman Steven Farrell announced that the Round 22 fixture would remain a first innings result to UQ, however UQ would receive 5 points instead of the usual 12 and that Norths would receive no points.
Norths were also informed they would not be eligible to host a Semi Final or Final of the Cam Battersby Cup next season.
The club will also have 12 points deducted for the start of the 2019-20 two-day competition.
Norths have the right to appeal the decision within 14 days.
The revised table meant Western Suburbs finished on top ahead of UQ, with Norths in third and Valley in fourth.
Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters thanked the Premier Cricket Committee for its deliberations and decision in the matter.
“The spirit in which we play the game should be safeguarded at all times and this is a timely reminder for all of us,’’ he said.
The Final will be held at Allan Border Field over two weekends, starting on Saturday March 23.