Strathfieldsaye will have 73.4 overs to chase down Bendigo’s total of 5-223 when round six of the BDCA concludes on Saturday.
The game at the QEO was expected to conclude under normal conditions because of the amount of play lost last Saturday, but the BDCA informed both clubs on Thursday that wouldn’t be the case.
“Our innings is compulsory closed,’’ Bendigo skipper Shane Koop said.
“We only lost 55 minutes play and we went past the scheduled finish time of 6.15pm by about 20 minutes.
“We walked off last Saturday thinking we could bat on this week, but that’s not the case. We’ll bowl the exact amount of balls to Strathfieldsaye we faced last week.”
Koop, who was 90 not out at the close of play, Strathfieldsaye skipper Ben Devanny and the umpires weren’t aware of the rule.
The ruling opens the door for Strathfieldsaye to post an upset win.
The White Hills versus Eaglehawk, Strathdale-Maristians versus Huntly-North Epsom and Bendigo United versus Kangaroo Flat matches will be played under normal conditions.
Two of those games look destined for draws, while the Roos should defeat Bendigo United.
Eaglehawk resumes at 3-75 against the Demons. With Jeremy Brown still at the crease, the Hawks will look to post quick runs in a bid to set the home side a target of about 220 off 55 overs.
Strathdale will need to take quick wickets if it’s to have any chance of collecting the six points against the Power (2-34) at Bell Oval.
Kangaroo Flat just needs one more wicket before it sets chase of what is expected to be a modest Bendigo United total.
The Redbacks resume at 9-85 at Harry Trott Oval.