Red ball cricket set to stay
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.