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Stokes not impressed by Numurkah's sledging

Old Students coach James Stokes says Numurkah's on-field sledging in their Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield game was excessive.

DAMEN FRANCIS February 3, 2014 4:15am

Old Students coach James Stokes has labelled Haisman Shield rival Numurkah’s on-field sledging as ‘‘excessive’’, following the Students’ visit to Numurkah Showgrounds last week.

Day two of their round 11 clash was abandoned on Saturday due to extreme playing conditions, resulting in the points being shared.

Stokes was disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to put the pressure back on the home side, after enduring a tough time with the bat on day one.

‘‘We were keen to have a crack and put them under pressure,’’ Stokes said.

‘‘We know Numurkah are desperate to play finals and we wish we had been able to play, but we’ll put that in the memory bank.

‘‘I reckon their verbal talk towards us was personal and excessive and if that’s how they are, and apparently from other games they can be like that, that’s okay, but at some point that’s going to get pulled up.’’

Stokes took particular exception to the ‘‘send-off’’ given to 16-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Allen.

Allen was trapped lbw by Priya Silva for 13 late in the day and Stokes felt the celebration was over the top.

‘‘He’s a 16-year-old kid and I don’t promote that sort of thing or accept it,’’ he said.

‘‘If one of our blokes was giving (Numurkah teenager) Will Arnel a send-off I’d be kicking them in the butt.

‘‘We don’t run the game, we’re custodians of it and there’s certain stuff I learned growing up that should continue to be passed down. It’s supposed to be a gentlemen’s game.

‘‘As I said to the guys, ‘it’s okay to give it, but you’ve got to remember you’re going to get it’ and we’ll give it back to them next time.’’

Stokes also made his feelings regarding the prepared wicket clear last week, but accepted not everyone would agree with his views and that sledging remained a part of the game.

Numurkah president and coach Tyson Woods and captain Mark Brown could not be contacted for comment.

The Students are not expected to take the matter any further.

The two sides occupy seventh and eighth spots on the Haisman Shield ladder, separated only by percentage, with two rounds to play.

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