Weather creates havoc for leagues

January 26, 2018

As temperatures soared across the state, once again sport was the big loser of the weekend.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday all broke the 40°C mark, as sports fans ducked for cover, instead of fielded at cover.

Cricket and bowls were the two sufferers from Benalla.

The Benalla Bushrangers were meant to play Ovens Valley United at McNamara Reserve in Myrtleford, a rare winnable fixture for the Bushies.

From the first seven matches, the Bushies have won just one innings, and sit sixth in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association A-grade ladder.

The weather has also created havoc across the league, as some sides have played nine games, while others such as the Bushies have played just seven.

It gives the impression there are still spots up for grabs in the playoffs, even though the Bushies are 13-points behind fourth-placed Yarrawonga Mulwala.

Unfortunately for the Bushies, when the game was called off against United, the points were shared, meaning they can’t get ahead in the competition, and they can’t get out of the rut of poor form for another week at least.

The Bushies will get another crack at United this weekend — if the weather holds out that is.

They may have to turn Thursday’s training session into a rain dance, however, as it is expected to reach 38°C on game day.

The Benalla Bowls Club has been just as unlucky.

The club’s A1 weekend pennant side was in a commanding position after the previous weekend’s play, 16-points ahead of second-placed Corowa Civic.

But, the side’s scheduled match against YMGCR was called off due to soaring temperatures on the green.

The sides shared the points, nine each.

Meanwhile Corowa Civic was able to play in cooler conditions against bottom-of-the-ladder Rutherglen.

Corowa dismantled the hapless Rutherglen, and secured 16 points in the process.

It means Benalla’s 16-point lead has been reduced to nine, with three rounds remaining.

The final match of their pennant season is against Corowa — that is, if the weather allows for it.

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