IRREWARRA Cricket Club is pushing for all Colac District Cricket Association Division One matches to be one-day games.
The Redbacks have sent a proposal to association and club executives to abolish two-day games to create a 50-over per side competition to strengthen Colac cricket.
The CDCA is keen to retain two-day cricket, which is an item on the agenda at its annual meeting next Wednesday.
But Irrewarra is proposing a special resolution at the meeting to vote on changing all matches to a one-day format.
Redbacks captain Dave Jackson said the club modelled its pitch on the South West Cricket Association and believed it could improve Colac district cricket’s top-grade competition.
“Our motivation for moving towards one-day cricket is an attempt to increase the strength of the CDCA competition by promoting increased participation by clubs in Division One cricket,” he said.
“Since the 2011-12 season the SWCA has gone from having eight teams in Division One to 10 teams currently.
“By comparison, the CDCA has gone from eight teams in Division One in 2010-11 to seven teams currently. This slipped to a low of just six teams in the 2011-12 season.”
Reigning Division One premiership skipper Stoneyford’s Levi Dare disagrees with a change to just one-day matches and said he would like to see even more two-day games.
Jackson said he expected purists of the game to shy away from the move but reinventing cricket to make it more appealing was important for the game’s future in Colac.
He said the demands of two-day cricket were hard on cricketers who had busy football schedules and Irrewarra had statistics which backed up a need to look at changing to one-day matches.
“A traditionalist view will suggest that we should keep two-day cricket as part of the Division One format,” he said.
“However, the decline in participation across the district is something that must be addressed soon if cricket is to remain as the Colac and district’s favourite summer sport and clubs are to survive and prosper long term in the CDCA.
“The reality of two-day cricket is that the majority of sides don’t bat their full 70 overs. Of the 40 concluded innings from the 2013-14 season, the full 70 overs were faced by the batting side just 11 times.”