AFTER weeks of uncertainty clouding the start of the 2013-14 Orange District Cricket Association season, clarity has emerged two days out from the summer’s first ball being bowled.
Initially opting out of first grade by nominating two second grade sides in September, Kinross will now play its first XI in the top grade for the entire season following a “positive” ODCA general meeting at Riawena Oval on Tuesday night.
The students’ transition back into first grade means the ODCA’s premier competition - won emphatically by Orange City last season - will now have six sides for the first time since 2009-10.
“It’s what we wanted, it’s what the clubs wanted,” ODCA president Mark Frecklington said.
Last week Kinross agreed to a five-week trial period in the top grade.
Over which time a limited overs cup would have been contested with no points accrued counting towards the overall standings in first grade.
There was also a chance for Kinross to drop back should the jump prove too high.
But all is now resolved.
It was an outcome Frecklington was hoping to achieve.
“We expected they would (return full time). With second grade and third grade not splitting until after nine weeks, it’s a long grading period. The only way it would have worked is with Kinross in firsts and seconds all year,” he said.
A one day final will now be played the week prior to Christmas before the competition’s two day games kick-off in the new year.
“It’s gone back to what we originally had,” Frecklington added.
“It’s gone away from what I was looking at (the cup competition) but certainly it’s come out looking pretty good. With CYMS dropping one of their second grade sides back to the Centenary Cup, it means now there’s no byes in any competition.”
The ODCA second/third grade competition will have 10 sides - Orange City, City Warriors, Wanderers, Wanderers Force, Centrals, Kinross, Gladstone, Waratahs, Cavaliers and CYMS - while six sides - KWS 3rds, KWS Young Guns, CYMS Kellys, CYMS Fahys, Orange City and Waratahs - will contest Centenary Cup.
Second and third grade will be split following one round of one-day games spanning nine weeks.
The first round of the ODCA season begins on Saturday.