South Services spinner Brad Scott bowls in Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket earlier in the season.
South Services spinner Brad Scott bowls in Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket earlier in the season. Matthew Elkerton

Night cricket canceled with pitch in dire straits

NIGHT CRICKET: The final round of Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket has been called off for tonight after more than 30mm of rain fell over McKittrick Park in the past 24 hours.

The final round clash was a last chance for Tucabia Copmanhurst and South Services to earn a night cricket finals berth.

Instead both sides will receive four competition points for the wash-out, allowing Westlawn to progress to the semi-final against Brothers next week.

While disappointed on missing out on a vital final round clash, Clarence River Cricket Association curator Tony Blanch said he was left with no option.

"I haven't been able to get a roller on the surface all week, and I doubt I will be able to get one on there today,” Blanch said.

"The wicket is saturated, and you can't have a match without a wicket.

"I have made the decision to call the game, and made it earely enough to notify clubs and players. It is unfortunate but there is nothing we can do.”

Blanch said it will now be a race against the clock to make sure grounds are prepared for this weekend's first round of the CRCA finals series.

The curator will be utilising every method he can including hessian rolls, lawn mowers and pitch rollers to squeeze all the moisture out of the surfaces around the grounds.

"It is far from a quick process when you're doing it on your own,” Blanch said. "Hopefully I will get started on McKittrick Park late today, JJ Lawrence is looking alright but there is about two inches sitting on top of Lower Fisher.

"It's going to be a big week getting them all sorted, but fingers crossed we will be ready in time for finals.”



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