Heat is on for crick­eters

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT -

SATURDAY is go­ing to be a scorcher for Echuca.

Be­cause if the heat doesn’t get them, then the Flames will.

Echuca sit in­side the top four with six wins, and are safe for this week.

But they are com­ing up against a Kyabram Fire Brigade side who are run­ning hot on their premier­ship de­fence.

The Flames look as though they will once again be the team to beat in this GMC sea­son, and it is go­ing to take one of Echuca’s best ef­forts this sea­son if they are to stay in the hunt this year.

A two-day game awaits, but it is highly likely this will quickly be­come a one-day game.

Cur­rent fore­casts for the day have Echuca hit­ting 42 de­grees on Saturday, which would see the game stopped un­der GMC’s heat pol­icy.

And it would rob both sides of an op­por­tu­nity to dis­tin­guish them­selves from the pack.

Three games will be played in town this week­end with Moama’s clash with Cooma tak­ing place at home and Echuca South fac­ing off with BLU at the Echuca South Recre­ation Re­serve.

The only team who will be out of town will be Ton­gala who will be on the road in Rochester.

Alas, there will be no re­lief for the Blues ei­ther, who will still cop the worst of the heat.

Like­li­hood is this round will be called off be­fore close of busi­ness to­day.

Moama and BLU both need wins to stay within strik­ing dis­tance of the fi­nals, so will be wish­ing for some cooler weather to­mor­row, or at the very least pleas­ant weather in a week’s time when play re­sumes.

Luke He­mer.

UP IN THE AIR: An­thony Den­nis and his fel­low Echuca crick­eters will be feel­ing the heat to­mor­row, ei­ther out on the field against top-side and reign­ing premier Kyabram Fire Brigade or off the field try­ing to escape soar­ing tem­per­a­tures. Photo:

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