Sport

Over 60s cricket carnival abandoned

By Andrew Johnston

THE annual over 60s cricket tournament played across the Goulburn Valley has been abandoned.

It comes after Cricket Australia issued a public statement recommending that all cricket across the country immediately ended.

This has resulted in New South Wales being awarded the Sheffield Shield with a round of play to go.

The statement also put a number of leagues - including neighbouring competitions Cricket Shepparton and the Bendigo Cricket Assocation - in danger of not completing their finals series'.

“CA has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including community cricket and premier cricket,” the statement read.

“While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that some competitions are only just commencing however the recommendation applies to all competitions and training.

“This decision is consistent with the measures taken to safeguard professional cricket at the elite level and is supported by State and Territory Associations.

“Based on expert advice from CA's Chief Medical Officer John Orchard and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.

“While cricket is a relatively safe and non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families.

“Cricket Australia is continuing to work with State and Territory Associations to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to local associations and the broader cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time.”