The South Metropolitan Cricket Association has recently confirmed what impact the recent COVID-19 lockdown of the Perth metropolitan area has had on our cricket season, and the full details are available below.
The recent lockdown of Perth was a hugely important step in the fight against COVID-19, but of course resulted in a disruption to our 2020/21 season which meant things had to be adjusted in order to ensure no major detrimental impact was had given the abandonment of games last Saturday.
With cricket and the 2020/21 season set to resume this coming week given Western Australia’s speedy recovery after the COVID-19 scare, the South Metropolitan Cricket Association (the SMCA), who are the governing body for the competition in which we participate, have confirmed the abandoned matches will not be replayed at a later date.
The fixtures will also remain as they had been initially published, with this coming Saturday set to be the second week of a two-day game for our First and Third Grade. This means that the match will now instead be played essentially as a one-day fixture – although the possibility of two innings still exists however unlikely due to remaining time. This situation is not too dissimilar from rain-affected two-day games.
The one-day matches for last week will be abandoned in their entirety and points shared amongst the teams. Sides still had to be named and this allows for consideration when trying to qualify for finals matches.
The second round of the Formula15 competition (this being a 15-over Tuesday competition) was also abandoned and with only the final left to be played, we have disappointingly missed out for qualification following our loss in round two. The grand final will be played on Tuesday the 16th of February between Cockburn and Thornlie at Davilak Reserve.
The T20 finals for all other grades besides First Grade (which has already taken place) will be on Sunday the 21st of February, however Leeming Spartan did not qualify on this occasion.
Finally it is worth noting that the number of games required to play in end-of-season finals has been reduced from four (4) days to three (3).
The full details as provided by the SMCA are listed below –
- The fixtures remain as published, with this Saturday being the second day of a two-day came where no play is possible on the first day due to no fault of either team (e.g rain, COVID-19 etc.). Rules are attached. Round 11 for the one day grades is abandoned.
- Round 3 of the F15 competition has been abandoned and the final will be played on Tuesday 16 Feb 21. The top team from each conference will contest the final.
- T20 finals will be played on Sunday 21st February 2021.
- The qualification for the end of season finals has been amended from 4 playing days to 3 playing days.
- SMCA Windup/Presentation night – Tuesday 9th March 2021.
You can read the initial announcement on the SMCA website by clicking here.