Heat likely to intervene

January 05, 2018

The main man: Rochester Tigers' Kevin Gillin should halt Cooma's scoring if play goes ahead tomorrow.

Extreme weather conditions may turn yet another Goulburn Murray Cricket two-day round into a one-day affair.

While teams thought the final one-day match of the season was played before Christmas, tomorrow’s play is depended on the weather forecast.

League by-laws state that if the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the temperature in Kyabram to be 40°C or hotter as of 5pm today, all matches will be called off.

The bureau yesterday had Kyabram’s forecast maximum temperature for tomorrow at 43°C.

Round 8 was scheduled to be two-day game, but was called off after a deluge left many of the grounds in the region soaked.

Kyabram Fire Brigade, Tongala, Stanhope and Bamawm-Lockington United are all yet to play a two-day match, after rain meant the first day of their round seven matches was washed out.

Rochester Tigers would be raring to have a shot against Cooma and test themselves against a top four side.

As the weeks dwindle down, it also means this round provides the chance for the Tigers to keep their finals hopes alive.

Two games away from a finals berth, the Tigers also have a challenging match against the Flames before a relatively easy final two games that could give them the final push into the top four.

Kevin Gillin and Leslie Collins have produced consistent seasons and will be looking to add more wickets to their belt against Cooma.

Tongala remains under pressure to lift and produce a determined performance against Moama, with the Blues boasting the talent to take the match right up to the second-placed side.

Moama cruised against Stanhope before the Christmas break, but has some ground to make up if it is to take out this season’s title.

Having gone down to top side Rochester United by two wickets, the side’s focus will be on testing out strategies it can use when facing the competition’s best.

United has an easy introduction back to cricket with a trip to play Bamawm-Lockington United.

BLU is winless, drawing with Echuca South in round eight in both sides’ best chance of victory.

A match against Rochester United gives Cameron Sharp and James McPhee a chance to face the best bowlers in the league.

Kyabram Fire Brigade should only strengthen its position in the top four against bottom side Echuca South.

The third-placed Flames continue to look a side that can compete for the title with Rochester United.

Echuca and Stanhope fight out the final match of the round as both look to blood players for an improved season next summer.

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