Rain may prompt 20/20 final replay
Tuesday, 20th December, 2011
By Andrew Robertson
The Barrier District Cricket League will decide next month whether or not to replay Saturday’s washed-out 20/20 grand final between West and Central.
With a berth into next year’s SA Country 20/20 Champions Cup up for grabs for the winner, a replay is looming as the most likely outcome when the League’s management committee meets on January 17.
“We don’t have a provision (for a washed out 20/20 final) on our books,” League chairman Peter Johnston said.
Under League by-laws clubs share premiership points in the event a match is washed out.
But with “a bit more riding” on Saturday’s game Mr Johnston suggested one solution could be to split the points but replay the game, most likely on a Sunday in late January.
The storm might have robbed Central of its best chance of upsetting premiership favourites West, who went into the final without their star batsman, Rhyse Hardy, due to work commitments.
However the under strength Robins still managed to make a competitive 121 runs from their 20 overs, after recovering from a lacklustre start when they lost their first four wickets for 32.
Nick Christos top scored for West (27) while Adam Armstrong and Jarred Paull each took three wickets in their four overs.
Before Central’s openers could make a dent in the total the heavens opened and play was called off.
“It was a little bit unfortunate because it was set up to be a really good game,” Mr Johnston said.
“West didn’t do a bad job to get to 120.
“It was pretty competitive, both sides were really trying.”
“We’ve been fairly fortunate, we’ve had a bit of rain in the last few weeks but it’s fallen during the week.
“If it had held off for another hour we probably would have been right.”
In the play off for third place South scored their maiden victory of the season after defeating North by 52 runs.
Sheldon Hall (64) top scored for the Roos who made 7/158 off their 20 overs. Cam McKay (3/38) and Jed Watson (2/17) were the pick off the bowlers.
In reply North made 9/106 with Tobias Hack (27) top scoring for the Bulldogs.