The region’s cricketers spent their Saturday anywhere other than the local grounds after games were called off due to extreme temperatures.
With the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast at 5pm on Friday still predicting 42°C, Cricket Shepparton announced there would be no play in all grades.
Lower grades had forewarning their Saturday would be free with C, D and E-grade cancelled when the temperatures are expected to be 40°C or above.
But A and B-grades had to wait for the official decree with the bureau not altering its early forecast that the state would be faced with scorching temperatures.
This Saturday A to D-grades will contest one-day matches, while E-grade matches have been declared a draw.
It means Cricket Shepparton has completed just the one full round of two-day games, after round eight matches were declared a draw due to the opposite extreme when severe rain hit the region.
Goulburn Murray also did not take the field as its weather policy states 40°C forecast in Kyabram is the cut off mark.
The bureau recorded Shepparton’s temperatures as ticking over to 41°C at 3pm before rising to a high of 41.2°C by 4.30pm.
Should play have gone ahead, the mercury was already 40.3°C in Shepparton at the 1pm start time.
A maximum of 28°C is predicted in Shepparton this Saturday, making for much milder conditions for players to compete in.
But the soaring temperatures did not mean all athletes stayed inside.
A huge 169 runners went through their paces at Shepparton’s Park Run, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this weekend, while Rob George and David Cartwright competed to be crowned Kyabram’s lawn bowls club champion.