Rain dampens Lakes hopes
WITH his side’s clash with Alstonville rained-out last weekend, Terranora Lakes skipper Leigh Baker has again called for a revision of the rules governing the LJ Hooker Cricket League.
Under the current rules, the most the fourth-placed outfit can hope to gain from their round-three clash is seven points for a first-innings victory, otherwise two points for the likely draw or a sad one if beaten.
To secure the maximum seven available to the Lakes boys at Hill Park this afternoon, they will have to either bat fast, declare and bowl Alstonville out in double time, or topple the hosts as quickly as possible and unleash fury with the bat Twenty20 style.
Conversely teams contesting matches not affected by the weather (ie played over two days) have the distinct advantage of playing for an outright win worth 12 points.
Essentially teams able to play have two days to do what Terranora must now do in one if they want to stay in touch with the top four.
Ultimately it comes down to the luck of the draw, but as part of the only game not to go ahead last Saturday, Baker feels his men are in danger of seeing last season repeat itself.
“Points are hard enough to come by as it is,” he said.
“It’s frustrating when you’re doing well, but lose touch with the four for circumstances you can’t help.
“It happened to us last year a couple of times, and in the end we fell just short of the finals because other teams potentially had more points to win.
“The most likely result this weekend will be a draw, and if that’s the case we could find ourselves down in sixth or seventh.”
Baker’s suggested solution: bring back bonus points.
“For me it’s another argument for bonus points to feature again,” he said.
“In most games the points are decided in the first innings, and the second is almost null and void.
“But if there was a bonus points system in place it would give everyone more to play for in the second innings, and allow for teams like us to play hard and make up for lost points.”
Regardless, Baker’s men made the most of last weekend’s down time with a valuable team bonding session on Saturday, which culminated in a club fundraiser.
“We had a bus hired anyway, so we caught the bus to Byron and had a big one,” Baker said.
“We then went and watched Cudgen for a while, before heading over to our club’s fundraiser.
“It was a really good team bonding day. It’s important to get together every now and again and lift spirits!”
Play starts at 1pm.