Rains delay cricket season
THE sounds of summer are upon us.
However the crack of leather on willow and the chorus of “howzats” from behind the stumps may not be heard for another week as most grounds are still under water.
Clarence River Cricket Association president Jeff Hackett was hoping the first ball for the season would be bowled this Saturday but after persistent rain over the last week Hackett said the opening round was in serious doubt.
“It’s not looking promising at this stage,” Hackett told the Examiner yesterday.
“There has been a lot of rain and I can’t remember seeing the wickets so rain affected before the start of a season.
“We’ll be having a ground inspection Thursday morning to see if the first round can go ahead.”
Hackett, who took over the roll as president from Michael Mitchell for the 2010-11 season, said this year’s Premier League competition will be hotly contested.
“We have seven teams competing in the top grade and at this stage it’s hard to predict how each team will fare,” he said.
“I know last year’s premiers Brothers have lost the services of Brad Robertson and Westlawn captain Brendan Purser has moved to Sydney.”
According to Hackett the much anticipated night competition will again provide cricketers and supporters with the shortened version of the game and the first round of the Country Cup between Clarence River and Lower Clarence is set down for October 24.
“The night competition is very popular and the opening round will be played between Harwood and Easts on Monday October 18,” Hackett said.
“The first round of the Country Cup will be between Lower Clarence and Clarence River which will be played at Lower...hopefully Harwood Oval.
“Unfortunately in the inter-district competition North Coast Cricket Council has decided to scrap the Second X1 competition due to lack of interest.”
Hackett added ground curators and Council have been working tirelessly to ensure wickets are in satisfactory playing conditions, but a cloud still hangs over Ulmarra Oval.
“Ulmarra Oval is still a concern however the outfield is slowly improving,” he said.