Cricket leagues on heat watch

THE Bendigo District Cricket Association and Emu Valley Cricket Association will keep a watchful eye on the weather forecast ahead of this weekend's crucial round of matches.

Both leagues have heat rules in place which could come into affect should Saturday's forecast remain at 41 degrees.

BDCA president Wayne Walsh said round 11 matches would go ahead as long as the temperature doesn't exceed 41 degrees.

"If the Weatherzone forecast for Bendigo on Saturday is more than 41 degrees then all games will be called off,'' Walsh said on Monday.

"We'll just have to see how the week pans out. At the moment the forecast for Saturday is 41 degrees and games will go ahead.

"If it gets hotter than that we'll call day one off and we'll play one-day games the following week."

Walsh said third XI, under-17 and junior age group games scheduled for Saturday morning could start earlier in a bid to beat the heat.

"It's worked in the past where we've started those games at 8am and play is finished around 11am,'' Walsh said.

"Clubs and coaches just need to use some common sense. Obviously, player safety is the first priority."

The EVCA's Mark Roberts said Saturday's round of matches will be determined by Friday night's weather forecast on WIN TV.

"If the WIN news weather forecast has Bendigo listed at 40 degrees or higher then our games will be called off,'' Roberts said.

"We think that's the simplest way to do it.

"It's not ideal to lose the first day of a game, particularly at this stage of the year when some clubs are trying to get outright points, but that's the way it has to be if the forecast is 40 degrees or higher."

Emu Valley matches round 10: West Bendigo v Maiden Gully, Golden Gully v Mandurang, Emu Creek v Marong, Axe Creek v Sedgwick, Spring Gully v United.

BDCA draw round 11: Bendigo v Strathfieldsaye, Bendigo United v Strathdale, Eaglehawk v Sandhurst, Golden Square v Kangaroo Flat, Huntly North Epsom v White Hills.

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