The Elders Cup cricket competition can’t buy luck at the moment, after yet another round of the 2021/22 season was abandoned due to the wet weather on Saturday.
As it stands, the Elders Cup is through five rounds of the season, with round one declared a Covid-19 draw, while round two was the only full round played to date.
In round three, the match between Lotts and Adelong was declared a washout, while rounds four and five were completely washed out.
Tumut and District Cricket Association President Travis Curnow said it was unlikely that the mid-season bye period, that runs from December 18 to January 22, would see any catch-up rounds played, while he didn’t envision the season being extended past the current March 12 grand final date.
“We probably can’t extend into Christmas, and maybe we are better off coming back a week earlier from the break, but I don’t think every team would be behind that idea,” Curnow said.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s one of those things you can’t plan around. No matter what you do, the weather is going to impact the competition.”
The weather isn’t looking good again this weekend as the Elders Cup prepares for round six of play, with Weatherzone forecasting 90% chance of 10-20mls of rain on both Wednesday and Thursday, a 90% chance of 5-10mls of rain on Friday and 50% chance of 1-5mls of rain on Saturday.
Making matters worse, Curnow explained that a wetter than usual spring could be followed up by a hot summer, meaning games were potentially at the mercy of the heat rule.
This could result in some Elders Cup teams only playing minimal games leading into finals earlier next year.
“We could potentially lose next week due to the weather and teams could go into Christmas only playing two or three games,” Curnow said.
“There is nothing to say we won’t lose a few games to heat in February and that would leave teams playing just five or six games by the time we get to playing finals.”
Junior cricket was also impacted on Friday and Saturday, with Tumut Junior Cricket Association, Gundagai Junior Cricket and Adelong Junior Cricket all calling off their Blaster games on Friday afternoon and their Junior and Sub-Junior games on Saturday.