Townsville Cricket counts cost of record wet season
SOME overnight mercy from the rain gods should ensure local cricket resumes for the first time in two weeks today.
Two of the three games – Wanderers v Suburban Parks and Wests v Brothers – will almost certainly go ahead, while a decision on the SaintsNorths clash at Endeavour will be made at 10am.
It’s a potential rare ray of light in an otherwise rain-hit campaign.
But whatever happens, it appears too late for Townsville Cricket, who are counting the cost of the record wet season.
Townsville Cricket president Peter Raffles revealed yesterday that the continuous deluge over the past couple of months would cost the association over $ 20,000 on field upgrades required on their Endeavour fields.
‘‘ It’s just been a really wet season – we’ve been trying our best to get it back up to speed,’’ he said.
‘‘ We’ve busted our bums to get ( today’s cricket) on.’’
has also proven a large part of the reason why the off-season will be so costly.
To get the Endeavour fields even close to playable, ride-on mowers have had to slash the grass to allow the surface to dry which, in the process, has compacted the ground and inflicted damage in need of repair.
As Raffles pointed out, however, if the fields were left uncut, they would not dry and repairs would still be necessary.
About a third of the season’s clashes have been impacted on or abandoned due to the rains.
On the field, today’s matches will be played as one-day games after day one last week was washed out.
It means Wests, who were always going to be at extremely long odds of losing top spot in the final round, will finish the season as minor premiers and qualify first through to the April 2 grand final.
Their opponents, Brothers, meanwhile, more than eight points behind Suburban Parks have no chance of forcing their way into the finals spots, leaving Subs and secondplaced Saints to playoff for the other berth in the decider next week.