The mercury is soaring across the Goulburn Valley and for the first time this season it could affect Cricket Shepparton matches.
But while players should be well-versed in the rules surrounding wet weather play after a number of rounds during this campaign have been subject to heavy rain, the heat rules may need refreshing.
Cricket Shepparton senior cricket director Michael Van Dorsser sought to clarify the situation ahead of what will be a sweltering weekend.
‘‘If the forecast is 42°C or above, then all cricket gets cancelled,’’ Van Dorsser said.
‘‘The cut-off time is 5pm on the Friday evening before the game and it will be taken from the Bureau of Meteorology forecast.
‘‘If it is going to be 40°C or above then C, D and E-grade will be cancelled and A and B will continue with extra drinks breaks involved.’’
The forecast for tomorrow at the time of writing remained 42°C, but if it drops enough for higher-grade play to go ahead, then matches will be extended to allow for extra rest.
‘‘We’re currently working on a process of playing 45-minute sessions and then spending five minutes off the ground,’’ Van Dorsser said.
‘‘Umpires will be instructed to take extra drinks breaks and give players plenty of time off the ground, meaning that should play go ahead it will likely be extended to 6.25pm to make sure there’s enough time.’’
Cricket Shepparton will not make an early call on whether play will go ahead, giving every chance for a cool change to come through.
‘‘We will give it as much opportunity to play as possible, we’ve been monitoring it all week and players should keep an eye on Cricket Shepparton’s social media pages where we will let people know what is happening,’’ Van Dorsser said.
If there is no play on Saturday, all A, B, C and D-grade two-day games will become one-day fixtures with a red ball, while all E-grade round 12 matches will be declared a draw.