BAT and ball won’t be the biggest hurdle facing the Blue Mountains ahead of today’s President’s Cup.
Snow fall as late as yesterday afternoon resulted in the closure of all roads across the mountains after the state was hit with Mother Nature’s last winter blast, dumping a blanket of snow across the Central West and Blue Mountains.
It means the Mitchell Cricket Council’s Blue Mountains outfit may not even be able to make it to Bathurst to contest the 2012-13 President’s Cup weekend.
Blue Mountains manager David Redden said while his side was doing all it could to make the trip safely, with roads and rail cut off there was still plenty of questions as to whether they would make it or not.
But even if they do make, it appears any hope of playing on turf went out the window as soon as the weather turned.
“The powers that be in Bathurst have not put any covers down in Bathurst,” Redden said.
“It’s all a big question mark at the moment.”
As a result, teams have been advised to bring shoes suitable for both turf and synthetic pitches.
There is a provision for the carnival that games can be played on synthetic pitches if the turf are not available.
A move to synthetic will play into the hands of Blue Mountains ahead of their game with Orange today, with the Mountain Men playing their cricket on astro-turf pitches every week.