GRASSMERE Cricket Association officials are facing the prospect of overhauling their fixture as unseasonal October rain continues to affect grounds.
Sodden surfaces across the Warrnambool region forced the GCA to cancel every match in its three grades last Saturday and Sunday.
And there are lingering doubts over a host of grounds ahead of matches this weekend, with one already confirmed as out of action.
GCA president James Sinnott yesterday ruled out Wangoom Recreation Reserve from hosting any cricket this weekend.
Sinnott said he was doubtful Killarney Recreation Reserve, which copped the brunt of downpours last week, would also be suitable for play.
Club officials will inspect another three grounds, at Panmure, Woolsthorpe and Winslow, either today or tomorrow.
Only four grounds — at Hawkesdale, Yambuk and two at Purnim — have received the green light for use.
Sinnott said he had made approaches to Warrnambool and District club Koroit about using the hard wicket at Victoria Park on Saturday and Sunday.
There is no WDCA senior cricket this weekend due to the Western Waves Festival of Cricket in Hamilton.
“Last weekend we cancelled the B grade early to allow the A grade to play on Saturday,” Sinnott said.
“We needed four grounds and we only got two, Yambuk and Hawkesdale.
“With the assistance of having grounds available in the neighbouring association, I’m hoping we can get all the games through with the co-operation of clubs.”
Sinnott, whose involvement with the GCA spans three decades, said he had never seen grounds in as poor condition as they were last weekend.
“It’s not uncommon for low-lying grounds like Wangoom and Mailors Flat to perhaps miss a few rounds here and there,” he said.
“But it’s fairly unusual to see Killarney the way it was. In winter a lake formed outside the perimeter of the reserve.
“All I can guess is that the water can’t get away, so it’s flowed into the northern end of the recreation reserve.
“Some of it has dispersed but there’s still quite a bit there. You’d struggle to drive through the gate.”
Sinnott said having at least four grounds available meant A grade cricket was certain to go ahead.
“We should have four grounds at a minimum. If we have to reschedule the draw, obviously A grade is a priority,” he said.
Sinnott said the GCA would inform clubs of any changes to the fixture either today or tomorrow.