WASHED OUT – Cricketers consider replaying round one

TOO WET: Colac District Cricket Association president Phil Lang consulted online weather charts before conceding round one of competition was a wash-out.

Colac district cricket officials will consider replaying the four Division One fixtures washed out at the weekend.
As saturated ovals and regular rain put an end to an anticipated opening to the Colac District Cricket Association season, association president Phil Lang said a full round replay was a possibility.
The association will discuss the replay at its November meeting in a fortnight.
Any replays of the one-day matches would most likely be on a Sunday given the CDCA fixture has cricket every Saturday until December 18.
Mr Lang said cricket officials were highly unlikely to extend the season beyond the proposed March 12-13 grand final weekend to squeeze in a replayed round.
“We’ll give some consideration to replaying the round, maybe later in the year, but this one only,” Mr Lang said.
“We can’t be replaying every wash-out,” he said.
Cricket officials started discussing calling off the opening round on Friday afternoon and waited until Saturday morning to make the final decision.
The bulk of the district’s rain fell before discussions had started, with 12.2mm falling between 3am and 9am Friday.
A further 6.6mm fell between 9am Friday and 9am Saturday, with another 1mm falling throughout Saturday afternoon.
“Kevin Boyd is the wet weather person. He spoke to me, he spoke to different people from different clubs and it appeared South Colac was going to be unplayable, Irrewarra was going to be the same, Stoneyford looked to be borderline as well,” Mr Lang said.
“If three quarters of the round is called off, the other results are null and void.”
The wet weather and waterlogged ovals could have ramifications for this weekend’s matches as well.
Division One matches are scheduled for hard wickets Alvie Recreation Reserve and Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve and turf wickets Eastern
Reserve and Warrion Recreation Reserve.
Officials will take a wait-and-see approach but have already begun discussing rescheduling options.
Already, Colac and Irrewarra are considering moving their match from maligned Eastern Reserve on Saturday to Lake Oval on Sunday.
“Clubs have the option of transferring a game up until 10am on a Saturday morning, particularly if conditions are the issue,” Mr Lang said.
“If they want to reschedule, it’ll have to be rescheduled to a Sunday,” he said.
Cricket was the only victim of the weekend’s wet weather.
Corangamite Bowls Association managed to shift all its matches to synthetic greens while Polwarth District Tennis Association matches went ahead without delay.
Colac Lawn Tennis Club moved its registration day to Colac Indoor Sports Centre and a handful of golfers braved the conditions for a hit at Colac Golf Club.
Albury cyclist Rhys Pollock fared best in arduous conditions to win the prestigious 210-kilometre Melbourne-to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.

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