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GMC calls cricket round a washout

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December 02, 2017

No frantic ring around will take place across Goulburn Murray Cricket sides this morning to spread the news of a cancelled match.

No frantic ring around will take place across Goulburn Murray Cricket sides this morning to spread the news of a cancelled match.

With ominous weather warnings putting sports across the state on notice, GMC made the decision to cancel games across all divisions yesterday afternoon.

GMC chairman Jason Turner said it was likely the same outcome would have eventuated should the association have waited.

‘‘At the end of the day it’s only delaying the inevitable,’’ he said.

‘‘We could have called it off in the morning (today) if we wanted but with the rain forecast hopefully it’s the right thing to do.’’

Turner contacted clubs to find out the state of their grounds before coming to the decision.

With all the pitches covered, the condition of the oval was paramount to avoid soggy outfields and damage to the grounds.

‘‘I just did a bit of the ring around and worked out whose ovals were wet and whose weren’t and went from there,’’Turner said.

‘‘Most of the ovals sort of south of Echuca had a lot more rain than around Echuca but they’ve all been pretty wet anyway.

‘‘If we got any more rain we were going to be in trouble and it gives everyone a bit more notice because they’re blokes that are about to travel.’’

The cancelled round means a host of enticing games in A-grade will not be played today.

Rochester United and Moama were scheduled to line-up against each another in a one-versus-two clash as Moama had aims of being the first side to defeat United this year.

Tongala and Cooma were to play in a top-four thriller as Stanhope eyed a game against Bamawm-Lockington United as a chance to secure a rare win.

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