Too hot for cricket

GCA - Grampians Cricket Association invoked its heat policy on Saturday with play in all matches abandoned.

Under the heat policy guidelines the GCA executive reviews the predicted weather forecast on days of extreme heat at 10am on the Saturday.

If the maximum predicted temperature in Stawell is 40 degrees or above the heat policy is to be invoked.

On Saturday at 10am the Weather Bureau maximum temperature forecast for Stawell was 41 degrees forcing the executive to invoke the heat policy and abandon play in all grades.

GCA president, Anthony Martin said the temperature guideline is for Stawell as Stawell does tend to be hotter than Ararat.

The temperature in Stawell reached a maximum of 40.3 degrees on Saturday.

Mr Martin said as a result of the decision to abandon play on Saturday, the scheduled A and B grade matches will now be played as one day fixtures this Saturday.

The one day C grade matches will not be rescheduled.

This is the second time this season the executive has been forced to abandon play. The opening day of round nine on January 18 in A and B grades was abandoned because of bushfires in the region.

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