Hot forecast has sport in jeopardy again

SATURDAY sport across Bendigo is in jeopardy again this weekend, with another scorching day forecast.

It's forecast to reach a maximum of 40 degrees in Bendigo on Saturday.

If the forecast remains at 40 degrees, the Northern United and Emu Valley cricket association competitions will call off their play for the second week in a row.

There will also be no Bendigo Bowls Division pennant matches again.

BBD pennant is abandoned if the temperature is forecast for at least 38 degrees, while Bendigo Tennis Association competition would again be unlikely to go ahead.

None of these competitions, as well as the Upper Loddon Cricket Association, played last Saturday on a day when the sporting fields of Bendigo were bare, apart from Little Athletics Victoria's State Multi-Event Championships.

However, Saturday's forecast will have to climb to at least 41 degrees before the Bendigo District Cricket Association considers calling off play for the second week in a row.

The BDCA was the first to call off play last week, making the decision on Thursday afternoon that day one of round 11 would be abandoned because of not only the predicted heat on the Saturday, but the extended heat wave Bendigo had experienced.

Instead, round 11 is now scheduled to be played as one-day games this Saturday.

"At this stage, games will go ahead as planned," BDCA president Wayne Walsh said.

"Even though 40 degrees is hot, they are one-day matches, so sides are only in the field for half-a-match, but if the forecast increases, we'll look at it again."

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