One-day competition for Colac district cricket

Colac cricket association president Michael Rafaniello, left, and general manager Craig Murdoch say a move to an all one-day Division One competition could boost participation.

Colac cricket association president Michael Rafaniello, left, and general manager Craig Murdoch say a move to an all one-day Division One competition could boost participation.

ALL COLAC district cricket Division One games will be one-day matches this season after association officials voted to abolish two-day games.

The Colac District Cricket Association board backed a special resolution from Irrewarra to bring in a 45-over-a-side one-day competition.

CDCA president Michael Rafaniello said a key reason for a switch to one-day games was to retain and attract players to cricket.

Birregurra has nominated to play a Division One side this year, bolstering the top-grade competition to eight teams and Rafaniello said a one-day format helped sway the building club’s decision.

“I think the easy decision would be to continue on how we were, but we sort of decided to give this a go and if we can attract players, or at least maintain the ones we have, that will be a bonus for us,” he said.

“Birregurra are playing Division One this year, so that will move it to an eight side competition,” he said.

“The one-day format certainly helped, but their club is growing and they’re looking at two sides this year and a junior side, so that’s fantastic for the association.”

Rafaniello said two-day games could return if enough clubs felt the new format didn’t work at season’s end.

“We don’t know, we’ll survey all the teams at the end of the year in Division One and make sure they’re happy with the format,” he said.

“Until we try it we won’t really know, and there might be a few things we need to tweak along the way.”

Six of the eight CDCA board members voted for an all one-day competition at last Thursday’s board meeting.

Rafaniello said there was a dramatic swing in the support for a one-day competition after Irrewarra tabled a special resolution at the association’s annual meeting last month.

“It needed 75 per cent to get through and it was spot on 75 per cent,” he said.

“It was one of those votes where I don’t think anyone was dead-set against it, everyone’s got their right to vote how they see fit and we’re elected to that board to make these decisions.

“When we voted earlier in the year for this one-day format there was only 20 per cent for, so there’s been a significant shift in six months.”

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