Following a meeting of the Cricket Victoria delegates, there have been some substantial alterations to the playing conditions of Premier Cricket for the 2012/13 season. This season will see the 1st XI play 19 matches, two more than the lower grades who will still manage to play every team once over the course of the season.
This is achieved by the inclusion of Twenty20 again as games played for Premiership points, as occurred during the 2010/11 season, including a Country Round that will feature three teams in each venue, with each side playing two games throughout the day. Over the past couple of seasons, the club has performed credibly in the T20 format, and with each match worth four points they take on even greater importance in the 12/13 season.
Pleasingly for many, there has been only two scheduled Sundays of cricket, barring finals and a reserve day, for the coming season, which should help to decrease the burden on members of the club with families and those who volunteer. This is further enhanced by One Day and Twenty20 finals only being held between the top 2 sides in the respective formats.
The biggest change, however, is that 1st and 2nd XI cricket will only feature 90 overs in a day, with the day’s play beginning at 12 noon. Like 3rd and 4th XI cricket, there will be only one break in the day. Full information on the changes implemented for this season can be found here.
Around the competition, Melbourne University all-rounder Tim O’Brien has left the club for sub-district cricket at Werribee. Wes Robinson, former WA first class cricketer, has joined Footscray, who have also managed to keep Dylan Kight at the club after he did not take the Tasmanian offer of a rookie contract. The Premier Cricket site has confirmed a number of other interstate signings, returning players, retirements and proposed transfers.