Australian cricket pitch nearly 2.5 metres too long for Victorian premier match

A club pitch in South Melbourne was eight feet, or nearly 2.5 metres, too long. But they didn't realise till after the match.
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A club pitch in South Melbourne was eight feet, or nearly 2.5 metres, too long. But they didn't realise till after the match.

One cricket pitch in Australia has stumped everyone.

They are supposed to measure 22 yards, but the track at the Harry Trott Oval in Albert Park in South Melbourne has left everyone in a spin.

The pitch for Saturday's Victorian premier clash between St Kilda Saints and Footscray-Edgewater was marked out incorrectly and measured eight feet (2.44 metres) too long.

What's more bizarre, is that the mistake was only confirmed after the match had been played.

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Umpires Brad Davies and Chris James realised the error when running a tape measure over the pitch, report Fox Sports.

Players and coaches are said to have had early suspicions there was something wrong. 

St Kilda coach Glenn Lalor ​told Fox Sports his bowlers complained about landing the ball, as well as losing length.

But he saw the funny side.

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"It's actually quite comical," he said. "Things make sense now. I thought we bowled too short and I think we bowled 27 wides.

"Whether the wides had anything to do with the length of the pitch, I don't know.

"It was bizarre. It wasn't until after the game that someone said, 'Was the pitch too long … it looks a bit long'.

"Then the umpires had a look and thought, 'Well, maybe'. Then they measured it with a tape measure. Yeah, eight feet too long."

Cricket Victoria apologised for the 'the embarrassing situation'.

"We pride ourselves on the high standards we set for our work and this indiscretion has and will no doubt dent our pride for some time."

Footscray-Edgewater won the match by successfully chasing down St Kilda's 197 by reaching 201-4.

 - Stuff

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