Caution for cricket clubs ahead of Saturday scorcher

The GCA heat policy may come into effect on Saturday.
The GCA heat policy may come into effect on Saturday.

Clubs will approach Saturday’s Grampians Cricket Association A and B Grade matches with caution with the mercury set to soar to nearly 40 degrees.

A top of 39 degrees is forecast for Stawell on Saturday, which is not hot enough to see matches abandoned.

Under the GCA’s heat policy, the forecast temperature for the day must be 40 degrees or above at 10am on match day for games to be called off. 

The heat policy has already been enacted once this season when round 11 B Grade matches were abandoned on the first Saturday of 2018

Cricket Victoria’s extreme heat guidelines remind players, umpires and supporters to find shade were available, take regular drinks breaks and to watch for any signs of distress. “The welfare of players and umpires is paramount,” the guidelines state.

GCA president David Turner said clubs will be informed if any changes are made. “Any updates will be sent to clubs via email and also posted on the GCA Facebook page.”