The Emu Valley Cricket Association board has indicated it intends to step down at a special league meeting on Monday.
The board was presented with a motion from EVCA clubs that included the controversial league by-law that enables the board to fine the umpiring body should be quashed.
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That by-law was the catalyst for the Emu Valley Cricket Umpires Association to stand aside last week after it was fined $100 for not attending an EVCA meeting.
Club players/volunteers were forced to officiate last Saturday's matches which resulted in a plea from players to end the dispute between the EVCA and EVCUA.
As a result of the motion, the umpires will return to officiate matches this Saturday.
EVCA president Ron Gray said the incumbent board felt it had no other choice but to call a special meeting and to stand down.
"The special meeting this Monday has resulted in a change to the rules going ahead and the resignation of the board," Gray said.
"The clubs instigated it through their motion and we've told the clubs that we will resign.
"There's a lot still transpiring, but it's a combination of a lot of things.
"The bottom line is we feel as though we've lost the support of the players and the clubs."
It was a gut-wrenching decision for Gray, who is a life member of the EVCA having been involved as a player and administrator since 1982.
League treasurer Bev Garlick and board member Paul Price are also life members of the EVCA and intend to step down from the board.
Vice-president Greg Bailey and league secretary Wayne Combridge also intend to depart.
"It's not the way I would have liked to end it, but that's the way it goes," Gray said.
"Once you get a motion, that is signed by club presidents, on something as serious as changing a league by-law it basically means it's a sign of no-confidence in the decision the board has made.
"It's disappointing, but the league will go on. The association is bigger than one person or one board.
"It's not the advertisement you want for the association. We didn't want it to come to this and we tried hard to to avoid it, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, unfortunately."
When asked if the board could change its decision between now and Monday night's special meeting, Gray stood his ground.
"The decision is up to the individuals,'' he said.
"I can't speak for others, but the way things are transpiring at the moment there's no reason for me to change my decision.
"We'll wait to see what happens on Monday night.
I'd rather walk away with my dignity intact rather than being there for the sake of being there.- Ron Gray
"We might be back in this situation in a month's time if we make decisions based on the rule book that people don't like.
"All we did was enforce a rule that was in the rule book."
EVCUA president Tony O'Connell was relieved the fine issue had been resolved.
"The by-law about umpires being fined has been agreed upon and there's still some other parts of the by-laws relevant to us that will be spoken about on Monday,'' O'Connell said.
"There's a fair bit going on at the moment, so we'll wait and see what happens.
"We'll be umpiring at the weekend and in the Twenty20 games on Tuesday night.
"It's been a drag, but we're happy to be back umpiring."
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