THE run towards Goulburn Murray Cricket finals heats up this weekend — but only if forecast extreme heat subsides.
With 43 degrees forecast for Kyabram on Saturday, it seems unlikely any play will go ahead.
The GMC’s heat policy states if 40C or more is forecast for Kyabram on the Friday at 5pm then A and B grade play will be cancelled, with C and D grades cancelled at 38C.
Scheduled two-day games would be rearranged to one-dayers for the following Saturday in the case of play being abandoned.
If play is to go ahead tomorrow, Tongala will be looking to continue its hot form and pull off a big upset against second-ranked Moama.
Moama, without number three bat Layton McCann who is away at the Australian Country Cricket Championships, flogged the Blues by a whopping 210 runs in round one, highlighted by bowling them out for 39.
But Tongala has been much improved since the disastrous display and has won six of its last seven games.
The Blues sit fifth but are level on points with third place and are a serious finals contender.
Meanwhile, Echuca will be looking to complete a season double against Stanhope at Victoria Park.
It proved too good in round one, chasing down Stanhope’s 149 with plenty of overs to spare.
In seventh position on the table and two-and-a-half games back from finals contention, Echuca needs to start its push for a top four spot in this round of matches.
Echuca South and Bamawm-Lockington United will continue their pursuits of a maiden win for the season, both against tough opposition.
South will play Kyabram Fire Brigade while BLU faces undefeated Rochester United.