Twenty20 postponed: Rain puts dampener on carnival’s opening two days

TOO WET: Rain has affected the opening two days of the under 13s Western NSW Junior Cricket carnival.
TOO WET: Rain has affected the opening two days of the under 13s Western NSW Junior Cricket carnival.

UPDATE, 9am: Day two of the under 13s Western NSW Junior Cricket has been delayed with rain continuing to fall in Orange on Tuesday.

Carnival conveners are still hoping all games will go ahead, but at this stage whether play is on turf or synthetic pitches is still to be determined.

Play is set to get underway at 10.30am.

Tuesday night’s Select T20 match has been moved to Wednesday night, with Wednesday's play to start at 9am.

Glenroi Turf’s turf pitch has been ruled out, that match will now be played at Sally Kennett (KWS).


Sunday night’s storm played havoc with ground allocations for the opening day of the under 13s Western NSW Junior Cricket carnival, but that didn’t stop all games from being played.

Bankstown and Illawarra emerged as the big victors on a delayed opening round, with a number of clashes shifted to synthetic wickets following the unexpected overnight rain in Orange.

“The storms caught us a bit unaware, but we got all games on,” Orange District Junior Cricket Association president David Cummings said.

“Wade and Molong (got on turf) and the rest were re-jigged for synthetics.”

After bowling out their opposition for 29, Illawarra won by nine wickets over Blacktown Black while Bankstown was just as impressive with the pill in a nine wicket triumph over Wagga Wagga at Jack Brabham Park.

At time of print on Monday, the carnival’s six remaining round one clashes were still in progress due to a late start.

Cummings was hopeful the remaining three days of the annual junior carnival go ahead without any interruptions from mother nature.

“I think, touch wood, we’re ok,” he said.

“If it’s a touch of rain we’ll be ok with the covers on. Otherwise the synthetics will get a work out. Everyone understands though.

“The synthetics here, it’s not ideal and we say to the Sydney sides that we’re sorry, but they often reply with ‘it’s better than what we’re used to anyway’.

“Everyone has been really good about it.”

There has been some ground changes for Tuesday, with Wagga’s clash with Blacktown Gold moved from KWS lower to Molong, ACT Blue versus Bankstown now at Wade Park and Blacktown Black set to take on the ACT Blue moved to Riawena Oval


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