HEAT HALTS PLAY

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT - By JAMIE LOWE

The sum­mer heat wreaked havoc on the week­end sport with can­cel­la­tions of Campaspe Val­ley Bowls Divi­sion games caus­ing con­fu­sion on Sat­ur­day.

With the mer­cury ris­ing above 40 de­grees, play was ceased as per the heat rule.

How­ever, some games had been com­pleted be­fore the rul­ing, though a fi­nal de­ci­sion is yet to be made on these re­sults.

CVBD sec­re­tary Vivi­enne Bal­four said the board will meet next Tues­day to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘At this point the re­sults of the com­pleted games have been recorded,’’ she said.

‘‘The tem­per­a­ture was 40.3 de­grees when play was stopped but I was in­structed to do as nor­mal with the re­sults.

‘‘The rules state that when de­grees, all games will cease.

‘‘If more than half of the games (in a divi­sion) are not com­pleted, it’s ruled a heat out for all games in the divi­sion.’’

This is where things get tricky for the CVBD board, with Divi­sion One hav­ing two of its four games from Sat­ur­day with com­pleted re­sults.

As it stands De­niliquin Bowl­ing Club recorded a 62 to 60 shot win over Rich River and Ton­gala were vic­to­ri­ous over Rochester 75 to 67.

The games be­tween Deni RSL and Moama as well as Mathoura and Echuca were de­clared as a heat out de­spite al­most be­ing com­pleted, leav­ing half of the games without a re­sult.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately we don’t have the times of when the games were com­pleted,’’ Bal­four said.

‘‘We have to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity that some of the games played on the week­end were fin­ished when the heat rule should have been en­forced.

‘‘Now we have the de­ci­sion of (a) leav­ing it as it is with the re­sults we have, or (b) the fact that it did hit 40 de­grees means that we should have the whole lot de­clared a heat out.

‘‘We’ll have a gen­eral meet­ing on Thurs­day to dis­cuss this with the clubs, be­fore we reach a de­ci­sion on Tues­day.’’

RSL Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Ken Wel­lard was dis­ap­pointed with the heat rule be­ing en­forced on the week­end, with the ma­jor­ity of games close to be­ing com­pleted when the rul­ing was made.

In par­tic­u­lar it was the re­sult of the RSL’s Divi­sion Five clash against lo­cal ri­val Deni BC that had him con­fused.

‘‘We had a big lead and there were only three bowls to be rolled when the rule was en­forced,’’ he said. it hits 40

‘‘Now I can’t see much dif­fer­ence be­tween 39 de­grees and 40 so in this sit­u­a­tion, why can’t we just play bowls and fin­ish the game.

‘‘I un­der­stand there are rules in place, but it was only go­ing to be about half an hour in that heat at the most.

‘‘Some clubs played straight through without a break which saw them fin­ish their games be­fore the rule was en­forced, but we can’t ex­pect ev­ery­one to go without the break.

‘‘An­other thing that baf­fles me is that our Divi­sion Three game was com­pleted but the game across the road in Divi­sion Five was ruled a heat out.

‘‘To make it fair I think the CVBD should just can­cel the round all to­gether much ear­lier if they think the tem­per­a­ture is go­ing to be too high.’’

The CVBD were well pre­pared for Sat­ur­day’s heat with all games start­ing at 9.30am, four hours ear­lier than the reg­u­lar play­ing time.

Bal­four said the early start was a first for the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We’re the only pen­nant com­pe­ti­tion to have started early on a Sat­ur­day,’’ she said.

‘‘In our rules, ev­ery club has the op­tion of play­ing their week­end pen­nant game at any time be­tween Fri­day 6pm to Sun­day 6pm.

‘‘If both teams agree to a time and it’s ap­proved by the CVBD, then the game will be played at a dif­fer­ent time.’’

The heat on the week­end also af­fected the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, with all games set for Sat­ur­day can­celled due to the high tem­per­a­tures.

This will see all Premier Divi­sion round nine two-day games be played in a 45 over one-day for­mat this up­com­ing Sat­ur­day.

The Deni Rhi­nos, who were set to face reign­ing premier Ba­rooga on Sat­ur­day, will be at home for the one-day clash.

Rhi­nos skip­per Brad Todd said that while the can­cel­la­tion was an­noy­ing, it shouldn’t af­fect his side’s sea­son too much.

‘‘All that hap­pens is the two-dayer be­com­ing a one-dayer,’’ he said.

‘‘It was ruled a heat out for all clubs in all grades on the Fri­day night, so ev­ery­one is in the same boat.

‘‘It re­duces the re­sult to just hav­ing one day points up for grabs but that isn’t a huge con­cern.

‘‘While we’d pre­fer to be play­ing a two­day game against Ba­rooga in the lead-up to fi­nals, we’ve still got a cou­ple of hard games to come that will def­i­nitely help us pre­pare for that.’’

RSL Bowl­ing Club Divi­sion One third David Hart in ac­tion be­fore the heat rule was en­forced on Sat­ur­day.

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