BDCL gets sun smart
Friday, 12th September, 2014
By Ethan James
The Barrier District Cricket League has amended its heat policy and made changes to the draw ahead of the 2014/15 season.
Matches will now be played under revised conditions if the mercury tops 40 degrees, while 20/20 fixtures have been pushed back to later in the season.
The new heat law states that A Grade games will be reduced from 45 to 35 overs if a temperature of 40-42 degrees is forecast.
B Grade games will be cut from 40 to 30 overs in the same scenario.
If a temperature of 43 degrees or more is predicted for game day, the match will be called off.
A decision is made on the state of game at 4pm the day prior to a match.
"The policy is fairly consistent compared to competitions in the Riverland," BDCL President Peter Johnston said.
"There was a push from the players but people tend to forget about the umpires as well, they're the ones out in the centre for the entirety of a match."
Previously, there was no bylaw for reduced conditions. In scheduling changes, a greater proportion of 20/20 fixtures will be played after Christmas, with the grand final and third v fourth playoff to take place on January 17.
"It makes more sense to play the shortened games when the heat is at its worst," Johnston said.
"Central have quite a few school teaches and people go away for holidays, so it gives the B Grade guys a chance to step up too."
Meanwhile, the traditional weekend break for the Adelaide test match has been punted.
"We found that last year only a few blokes went away when we had the weekend off, so we've decided that it's play on," Johnston added.
"The competition starts a weekend later and that weekend off is no longer there."
The season begins with an evening 20/20 game between South and North on Friday, October 17 at 6.30pm.
The 45-over competition starts on November 1, with A Grade and B Grade grand finals on March 7.
Johnston said there were plans to introduce a similar heat policy for the junior competitions.
The issue is on the agenda for the junior management meeting scheduled for September 30.