Heavy rains wash out clubs’ one-day games
WADCC CANCELS ALL FIXTURES ON OPENING DAY
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.