Strong part­ner­ship has Alora ready for State

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - BY CAM

From back page “The WDCA needs to go down the T20 path and it re­ally is here to stay.

“It’s not for ev­ery­one but the ma­jor­ity of play­ers these days want to play it.

“The way the draw is struc­tured, ev­ery side plays three games at least with the top two play­ing off in the fi­nal.

“Do we want to play five or six go­ing for­ward, I’m not too sure, but at the mo­ment I think three or four is the right num­ber.

“It gives the fix­ture a good bal­ance be­tween two-day cricket, one-day cricket and then the short­est form.”

The new struc­ture of the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion has also seen clubs com­pete in only one-day cricket for the first four weeks with an­other three lim­ited overs clashes still to come be­fore two-day games be­gin.

Trif­fitt said he was de­lighted with how the sea­son had be­gun, both from a se­nior and ju­nior per­spec­tive, and added the coloured cloth­ing had been a hit with clubs.

“I think the com­pe­ti­tion has tight­ened right up, es­pe­cially in the A grade,” he said.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of the coloured cloth­ing for one-day games has been well re­ceived and it’s been a strong start with the white-ball cricket.

“The struc­ture of the new draw has been well re­ceived I think – we are play­ing a lot of one-day cricket to start but it gives play­ers the chance to have seven bats and seven bowls in a cou­ple of months.

“It takes the pres­sure off se­lec­tion at club level – there is no need for in­ter­change and clubs can get around play­ers be­ing un­avail­able a bit eas­ier.”

OFF TO STATE: Gym­nast Alora Find­lay (left) and coach So­phie En­ders will com­pete in Gee­long this week­end.

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