THE start of the Sunraysia Cricket Association season has left a lot to be desired.
There was COVID, and then a case of it doesn’t rain, it pours –forcing the cancellation of matches across two different rounds.
With the weather, at time of going to press, looking decent tomorrow for some sixes to be hit and some wickets to be taken, the association president Mick Thomson is hoping the grass is soon greener – and rain has nothing to do with it.
“COVID has certainly had a bigger impact to the season start than I was hoping it might of,” Thomson said.
“It was concerning when a club had a COVID case the week prior to our first round of matches and had to forfeit all grades for that weekend.
“At that point I was thinking that COVID was going to have an even bigger impact on our season but it seems to have of settled down somewhat in Sunraysia so hopefully there will be minimal impact from it for the remainder of the season.”
Then came the rain; with the second day of round one and the opening day of round two have been rained out.
“The first week was washed out and all games reverted to one day of cricket,” Thomson said.
“I can put up with the first week of a two day game cancelled but I don’t want to see the second day cancelled as that will mean games are drawn and no result is achieved.”
With day one of last weekend’s matches rained out, one day games will be held tomorrow.
Although Thomson is hopeful cricket will be able to continue uninterrupted for the immediate future, he said the warmer weather that comes after Christmas will also bring its fair share of challenges.
“Hopefully the stoppages are minimal going forward, we can play some two day cricket and allow the players to get some rhythm into their cricket,” he said.
“Stopping and starting like we have been doing is no good for cricket in general, we need consistency.”
Despite the men’s competition having a soggy run, the premier women’s cricket competition have been able to get in three one day matches.
Tomorrow, in first division cricket, Mildura Settlers and Mildura East will come up against each other, Gol Gol and Nichols Point do battle at Alcheringa Oval, Midura West and Irymple meet at John Hall Oval and Coomealla Wentworth host Merbein South.
By ZOEY ANDREWS