Red ball cricket set to stay

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

LO­CAL cricket’s tra­di­tional two-day for­mat will re­main a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the Wan­garatta and District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion for sea­son 2018/19 ac­cord­ing to pres­i­dent Justin Trif­fitt.

Neigh­bour­ing com­pe­ti­tion Cricket Al­bury/Wodonga held a board meet­ing last night to dis­cuss the op­tion of drop­ping the longer for­mat in favour of one-day and Twenty20 clashes.

But Trif­fitt said two-day cricket would re­main in the WDCA fix­ture this sea­son, along with one-day clashes and a Twenty20 tour­na­ment.

Trif­fitt said while he un­der­stood CAW’s de­ci­sion to dis­cuss drop­ping two-day cricket, he said the WDCA was in a dif­fer­ent boat.

“I work pretty closely with their chair­man on some Re­gion 6 stuff and that’s def­i­nitely the path they are look­ing to go down,” he said.

“I don’t be­lieve our com- pe­ti­tion is ready for that but it might be some­thing that all com­pe­ti­tions do in the next two or three years.

“Young kids want to bat and bowl on the same day and one-day and T20 cricket pro­vides that.

“I’m not 100 per cent con­vinced los­ing two-day cricket is the way for­ward.

“There will be a lot of con­sul­ta­tion and dis­cus­sions be­tween our clubs and the ex­ec­u­tive if we do look at that down the track.”

But in a chang­ing of tra­di­tion, the WDCA has al­ready re­leased draft draws for its se­nior grades in the hope of fi­nal­is­ing fix­tures by the end of this month.

The A grade draw will see one-day cricket dom­i­nate up un­til Christ­mas with two-day fix­tures, a T20 tour­na­ment and fi­nals for the re­spec­tive for­mats played after the fes­tive break.

“It will mostly be one-day cricket up un­til Christ­mas,” he said.

“We will then have the T20 tour­na­ment after Christ­mas and two-day cricket will con­tinue as usual.

“We are also look­ing to have the one-day and T20 fi­nals played un­der lights.

“At this stage we are look­ing to make the one-day fi­nal un­der lights on the Aus­tralia Day week­end.”

The draw also sees sev­eral one-day day-night fix­tures set down for the Norm Minns Oval with Trif­fitt also adding the Be­nalla Show­grounds may host some night games.

“Be­tween the Norm Minns Oval and Be­nalla Show­grounds I think there will be five or six day-night one-day­ers,” he said.

“We are push­ing the clubs to wear full colours for the one-day games.

“For us as a league we are try­ing to be­come a more mod­ern prod­uct – if we can get non-cricket peo­ple watch­ing and more play­ing then that’s what we’re about.”

The WDCA will hold its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Mon­day, July 23.

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