Pondering one perfect day

October 06, 2017

Premier division matches may be all played as one-day games in the Murray Valley Cricket Association next summer.

Murray Valley Cricket Association could have its premier division matches consisting solely of one-day games next summer.

While this season the top-tier will have seven two-day games during the 14-round season, Association president Matt Whitty said there would be a change in lower divisions.

‘‘It’s been fairly hectic with the change of division one structure,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ll be playing just outright one-day cricket this season, so that’ll be interesting to see how that goes and we’ve been in discussion about moving the premier competition to one-day cricket.

‘‘Clubs as well as player availability (has spurred on a possible change), it’s harder with two-day cricket with people working all weekend, so there’ll be a bit of trial and error in division one.’’

While last year’s season began with a deluge of rain, the drier weather has pitches in excellent condition.

While Nathalia is again expected to be a force, Whitty said the competition should be closer following a host of one-sided matches last season.

‘‘I think Nathalia are still the team to beat, but Katamatite have recruited really well and have two overseas players, Finley have recruited a couple from overseas ... hopefully it’s going to even up,’’ he said.

Daniel McHugh and Saad Qureshi are the Cats’ imports, both hailing from England.

The pair should serve to strengthen the team that finished bottom of the ladder and played with no internationals last season.

Katamatite should also be more competitive than last season, while Waaia, Cobram and Barooga all look to go deep into the finals series.

In the first round of matches, Cobram-Yarroweyah United takes on the Deniliquin Rhinos, Barooga meets Cobram, Waaia hosts Katamatite and Nathalia travels to Finley.

In a similar fashion to Goulburn Murray Cricket, the MVCA will also run a girls’ competition for the first time through November and December.

The league will also acknowledge its legends at a Hall of Fame dinner tomorrow night at Barooga following the first day of matches.

Premier division and the majority of division one matches begin this weekend, with division two set to start in a week’s time.

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