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.
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.