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Goulburn Murray Cricket identify new start date

By Brayden May

GOULBURN Murray Cricket has confirmed it has a new target date for the first ball to be bowled in the 2020-21 season.

Competition officials had originally been hoping to get play under way on October 10 but were forced to change their plans when regional Victoria was plunged back into stage three COVID-19 restrictions.

But Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 appear to be the most likely start dates, according to GMC operations manager James Stokes.

“All our men’s competitions would start on the Saturday with the two women’s divisions on Sunday,” he said.

“In the past few weeks, we’ve been involved in several webinars with Cricket Victoria and they’ve stressed how important it is to give teams some preparation time in the lead-up to a potential first game.

“We’re hoping restrictions are eased about mid-September which would give teams five weeks of training.

“Cricket Victoria are also developing a COVID-safe plan which will be followed by all competitions across the state. They've definitely made the path ahead a lot easier.

“Planning this season has been the toughest thing I've done while I've been the operations manager.

“Now we’re just hoping the Victorian situation continues to improve and we can get play underway.”

Stokes said the women’s competition was once again attracting strong interest from across the region.

“Last season was very successful and we’re hopeful it can continue to build this season,” he said.

“Teams in A grade will play under official twenty-20 rules for a premiership and B grade will again have modified rules.

“It’s exciting that we’re going to have something to offer for not just those with experience but players who are just beginning.

“I encourage people to get in contact with their local clubs if they are interested in playing.”

Contact details for clubs can be found on the competition’s Facebook page.

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