SLIDE: University batsman Michael Radnidge steals a run against Belmont during the Tom Locker Cup final last season. The NDCA has cut one-day cricket from 50 overs to 40 this summer. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Newcastle District Cricket Association has cut one-day games to 40 overs a side but left first-grade two-day cricket untouched after a review of playing formats.
In a letter to clubs on Tuesday, the NDCA said two-day games in first grade would continue to start at 11am and comprise 90 overs a day.
A competition review committee had proposed aligning first grade with second grade, which plays 80-over days starting at noon. The move was designed to makethe game more attractive for players with families.
But, after consulting clubs, the NDCA opted to leave first grade as a longer format while cutting Tom Locker Cup one-dayersfrom 50 overs to 40 with a midday start, rather than 10am.
“There was a desire and passion from some clubs and individuals to maintain the status quo, so we’ll leave as is with ongoing reviews,”NDCA chairman Paul Marjoribanks said.
“We want to see matches going deep into the second day. Is the standard still there to play 180-over cricket? At this stage we said, ‘Yes, there is.’”
One of the goals of the review was to cut the amount of compulsory Sunday cricket, which is reflected in a decision to separate the Twenty20 competition from the first-grade points ladder this summer, although T20 points willcount towards the club championship.
The association has also changed the rules for first-grade two-day games which lose the entire first day to rain. These washouts used to revert to a 50-over one-day match in the second week but will now become a continuation of the two-day gameover 90 overs.
The NDCA has also introduced a final for second grade in one-day cricket, mirroring the first-grade Tom Locker final.
It has also flagged talking points for future seasons, including phasing out one-day cricket entirelyand adding an optional fifth grade.
“Phasing out one-day cricket was left-field from the committee,” Marjoribanks said.“A lot of our rep programs are one-day based these days, and a lot of the junior carnivals are one-day cricket for the guys going down that pathway, so it’s not something we’re looking at in the short-term.”