Kookaburra Cup rescheduled

The Kookaburra Cup has been rescheduled with RSL and Swan Hill set to do battle on Febuary 18. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

The Kookaburra Cup has been rescheduled with RSL and Swan Hill set to do battle on Febuary 18. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

THE Swan Hill & District Cricket Association (SHDCA) board and the captains of both RSL and Swan Hill have come to an agreement to reschedule the Kookaburra Cup for Sunday, February 18.

The final, which was originally scheduled for last Saturday, was abandoned after temperatures soared to 45 degrees, with SHDCA abiding by Cricket Victoria's rule of abandoning the match at 6pm on Friday if the Bureau of Meteorology's forecast is 42 degrees or greater.

In normal circumstances, in the event of an abandoned white ball final, the side which finished higher on the ladder, in this instance RSL - in first place.

On Sunday, however, SHDCA vice-president Greg Cruickshank alluded to a previous instance in which the Kookaburra Cup date was moved, after the floods of 2011 caused the clash between St Mary's Tyntynder and Nyah District to be moved to the February 27 as SHDCA's rules are silent regarding abandoned matches.

SHDCA president Ross Cleeland made the announcement to The Guardian today, with Cleeland explaining the reasoning behind the particular date chosen.

"The board members had a vote on it and it was unanimous that we go with rescheduling," Cleeland said.

"Because we've got a junior game coming up on the following Sunday, there could be players involved in that but also needed for the final. Also, it's the second week of a two-day game and we're thinking the first day of a two-day game is always 80 overs, but the second day can be less and, that way, both clubs may not be playing too much cricket."

The match is set to take place at the Swan Hill Showgrounds, starting at 10am.

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