WA Premier Cricket: no police involvement over Joondalup bowler’s mobile phone threat

Ty Hopes and Josh Anderson. Pictures: Dan White
Ty Hopes and Josh Anderson. Pictures: Dan White

A MELVILLE batsman has chosen not to pursue police charges over a threatening mobile phone message left for him by Joondalup paceman Josh Anderson after a WA Premier Cricket clash.

Anderson and teammate Ty Hopes faced disciplinary action in the WACA tribunal over their treatment of Melville captain Tom Scollay during and after the sides’ Round 5 two-day fixture, which ended on November 5.

Hopes was guilty of a level 2.6 offence – using obscene language towards another player, and a 3.2 offence – threatening to assault another player.

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The Weekender understands Anderson threatened Scollay via a mobile phone message a day later in a manner that could have warranted police involvement.

But a WACA spokesman said the batsman chose not to follow it up with police.

Anderson was guilty of a level 6 offence for unbecoming behaviour that could bring the game into disrepute.

Both players were suspended for two matches.

The WA District Cricket Council (WADCC) is to hold a meeting with officials from all Premier Cricket clubs in the wake of the matter.

WADCC chairman Brendan Reid said the management committee was “not impressed” with the behaviour.

“It’s a serious issue what happened, it was dealt with through the correct process and channels,” he said.

“The tribunal made its decision from the evidence available to offer a penalty as per the current playing conditions and rules.

“The WADCC would hope this is a deterrent to any similar incidents happening in the future.”

The Weekender rang Joondalup president Martin Hicks multiple times and left voice messages for comment, but he did not return calls.

A WACA spokesman directed the Weekender to the association’s tribunal penalties page and would not comment further.