The Tasmanian Cricket League has resolved a saga that would have seen ACL replaced by Cressy in Thursday’s Premier League Twenty20 at the 11th hour.
Heading into last Thursday’s final-round clash between the two sides, Bluebacks captain-coach John Kedey had done the sums that he hoped would see his charges play Longford at Legana Oval.
Cressy won the fixture by six wickets but, by Kedey’s reckoning, it was enough to see ACL through.
However, on Friday, after administrators took into account Cressy’s forfeit win and percentage against Beauty Point on November 8, ACL was informally made aware it would be relegated to third. It left many people involved in the league labeling the administration process amateurish.
Following a TCL committee vote via email on Monday, Cressy was only awarded four points for the forfeit win three weeks ago.
TCL president Darrell Whyte, a Cressy member, abstained from the vote.
Both Cressy and ACL finished the seven-round T20 roster on 10 points with Beauty Point forfeiting three of its seven fixtures.
After being livid over the weekend, Kedey said he was relieved.
“Common sense has prevailed,” Kedey said.
“This is well deserved by our club as we have worked hard to get ourselves into a position to achieve this.
“I’ve been appointed coach to try and achieve success, and to have been kicked out would have been devastating.”
Kedey said a newsletter was distributed to all clubs on October 31 “saying that there was a possibility that forfeit percentages were going to change, but nothing was confirmed”.
“Both Cressy and us went into last week’s game knowing what we both had to do to advance based on the ladder on last Thursday. We knew that we could lose and still make the grand final and played accordingly,” he said.
“We would have played the game in a totally different manner if we knew we had to do more to win.”
The grand final will take place at Legana Oval on Thursday, from 5pm.