Heavy rains wash out clubs’ one-day games

WADCC CANCELS ALL FIX­TURES ON OPEN­ING DAY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS | SPORT -

AF­TER a frus­trat­ing pre-sea­son, spent largely in­doors, the WACA Premier Cricket sea­son was sched­uled to com­mence on the week­end.

How­ever, heavy rain on Satur­day saw all of Perth’s fix­tures against Joon­dalup aban­doned.

With an eye to the fu­ture, Perth is look­ing to ex­pose many of its young play­ers to se­nior cricket this sea­son.

The club’s ju­nior pro­gram, headed up by Alan Singer, ran win­ter tri­als to cap­ture tal­ent in the district.

The only fix­ture com­pleted was the Colts (U/21) match against the Coun­try XI at Fletcher Park on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Skip­per Liam Guthrie led from the front with four wick­ets but the tar­get of 167 proved too much and Perth fell short by 43 runs. Kai Hickey top scored with 29. Next week­end is round 2 in the Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion with one-day matches against Bayswa­ter-Mor­ley.

Perth made the semi-fi­nals of the one-day for­mat last sea­son.

Af­ter Shaun Marsh proved his fit­ness, he has re­placed Perth’s Josh Ni­cholas in the Western War­riors Mata­dor BBQ’s Cup squad.

This has re­leased the young quick to the Perth side, in a ma­jor boost to their chances.

The first-grade team will play at Hill­crest Re­serve, com­menc­ing 10.30am weather per­mit­ting.

South Perth’s game against Melville at Tomp­kins Park was also can­celled, as heavy show­ers across the metropoli­tan area on Satur­day made play­ing con­di­tions in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult.

All matches were due to start at 10.30am. How­ever, the WA District Cricket Counci man­age­ment com­mit­tee be­lieved it was in the best in­ter­ests of play­ers to can­cel all se­nior grades, un­der 5.7.4 of the WADCC gen­eral rules.

The de­ci­sion was based on the feed­back on fa­cil­i­ties given by ma­jor­ity of the clubs, with the im­ped­ing weather also taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

All fix­tures will be deemed a draw, leav­ing the com­pe­ti­tion even head­ing into round 2 next week­end.

Weather will be a con­tin­u­ing is­sue in the open­ing rounds, with every player’s safety a pri­or­ity for the WADCC.

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