Cricket action cancelled due to rain

BATTLING THE RAIN: The rain falls down in the first day of play between Swifts-Great Western and Halls Gap. Picture: Peter Pickering.
BATTLING THE RAIN: The rain falls down in the first day of play between Swifts-Great Western and Halls Gap. Picture: Peter Pickering.

Despite rain clearing on Saturday, Grampians Cricket Association officials said they are comfortable with their decision to abandon all matches at the weekend. 

All junior and senior games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday were called off on Friday morning due to persistent rain and continued forecast bad weather. 

Grampians Cricket Association president David Turner said he has now qualms about cancelling the matches even though other league’s in the region went ahead with play.

It wasn’t an easy call to make but on the advice we had received we had to make the call

David Turner

“We are happy and comfortable with the decision we made,” he said.

“We made the decision as an executive committee after the rain on Thursday night and the projected rain for the weekend. 

“It wasn’t an easy call to make but on the advice we had received we had to make the call. The safety of our players is first and foremost.”

Turner said he believes even if the committee had not called off the matches the games would have been cancelled on the respective game days anyway.

“We believe the turf pitches would have been soft and lacking preparation and a lot of the other grounds would have been waterlogged and unfit for play,” he said.

Tom Eckel scored 19 in Swifts-Great Western's outright win over Halls Gap

Tom Eckel scored 19 in Swifts-Great Western's outright win over Halls Gap

Despite the rain, three of the four A Grade contests had results from the first day of play. 

Swifts-Great Western claimed a maximum 10 points on the first day of play against Halls Gap, winning by a massive innings and 49 runs. 

The big win sees the Combine jump into first place on the Grampians Cricket Association A Grade table. 

Aradale ripped through Tatyoon to claim a 109-run win but would have liked its chances of an outright if the second day of play had gone ahead.

Pomonal will also be ruing the missed opportunity of an outright win over Navarre, claiming the six points on the first day.

Buangor and Youth Club played in the only A Grade draw. The match was balanced going into the second day, with the Clubbers requiring 48 runs with six wickets in hand. Aradale is now in second place, just four points behind the Combine.

The Clubbers and Tatyoon round out the top four, with both teams on 22 points. Youth Club sits one spot higher with a superior percentage.