Cricket season delivers
Saturday, 10th October, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
Cricket season is upon us in the Silver City with B Grade getting the ball rolling on their season today ahead of the A Grade, with the Women’s competition to begin in the coming weeks.
The Barrier District Cricket League has a new Chairman in Tobias Hack, who assumed the role for the 2020 season. Former Chairman Peter Johnson wanted to step down from the role after more than thirty years in the position which led Hack to think about taking on the role.
“A couple of seasons ago Peter mentioned that he wanted to finish up soon, so I sort of had a think about it, spoke to my wife Stevie about it and she was okay with it, because cricket takes up a lot of time anyway and I didn’t want to put too much on it but she was happy with it,” he said.
“I let Peter know last year that I was interested and he was pretty happy, he’s going to stay on as Secretary but will be there for any questions that need answering and help me out that way.”
Hack said he is looking forward to stepping into the role for the sport he loves.
“It’s probably not the best time to take over with all the COVID, but if we can get through this we can get through anything.”
The B Grade season begins today with a host of Twenty20 games continuing into Sunday, while A Grade starts next Saturday, October 17, with two Twenty20 games.
The Women’s competition will begin on November 6, for the second season in local history.
“The draw is finalised, we’re playing extra games this year because there’s been no footy, so we thought it was the best time to get more games in.
“So A Grade will play 18 games instead of 15 and B Grade will play 16 games instead of 12 starting this weekend, and we’re doing Twenty20s in B Grade which hasn’t happened for a long time,” said Hack.
“So it’ll be a quick round robin for B Grade over two weeks and then there’s a final on October 30 at the Jubilee Oval under lights.
“Then A Grade we’ll start with two Twenty20’s, one at the Alma and one at the Jube and then into the 40 overs until Christmas and more Twenty20s after Christmas.
“That game next weekend will be the first game at the Jube, kind of the unveiling.”
“Sixth of November for the Women, four teams again and the second year for them, so it should be very exciting.
“They’re playing 12 games this year and a few of those will be under lights on a Friday night at the Jube as well; they’ll play Fridays and Sundays,” said Hack.
While community sport is free to go ahead under COVID regulations, there are still restrictions that must be adhered to.
“It’s silly but there’s a maximum of 500 people at the ground.
“I can’t see us getting that many but you need to sign in with a QR code at the games and social distance,” said Hack.
“Obviously, when playing you’ve got to try and distance yourself on the field as weird as that sounds; no high fiving, no group hugs, all celebrations will be fist bumps and everything, but no use of the changerooms either.”
As for team numbers, Hack expects that with no football being played this year there will be a higher number of players taking to the field for Cricket.
“I’m not one hundred per cent sure at this stage but I’m assuming because there’s been no football we might find that we have a few more players this season.”
The Barrier District Cricket League is in need of umpires for this season and anyone interested in umpiring can contact Tobias Hack on 0428 042 848.