Twenty20 matches to be played for points

TWENTY20 cricket will count for points for the first time when the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association season gets under way next month.

WDCA officials yesterday announced their structure for season 2014-15, which incorporates two-day, one-day and Twenty20 matches across 15 rounds.

The season starts on October 11. The first three rounds are Twenty20s while rounds four to eight are one-day matches.

There is one two-day match before Christmas, on December 13 and 20. The season resumes with Twenty20 rounds on January 3 and 10.

The last eight weekends are set aside for the two-day matches, meaning the longest format of the game will be during the peak of summer.

There are three finals series for separate Twenty20 and one-day competitions as well as the overall season. Each has semi-finals and a grand final.

The Twenty20 competition will carry the Robert Haberfield Cup, named in honour of the respected administrator who died in January.

The WDCA has also persevered with its two-conference system — Hopkins and Merri — introduced with much fanfare last season.

Brierly-Christ Church, Dennington, Merrivale, Nestles, Nirranda and Allansford make up the Hopkins conference. Koroit replaces Nirranda in division two.

Defending champion West Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Russells Creek, Woodford, East Warrnambool-YCW and Wesley-CBC are in the Merri conference.

WDCA general manager Michael Harrison said officials completed the fixture in consultation with the 13 clubs. 

Harrison said the points breakdown was six for a two-day win; four for a one-day success; and two for a Twenty20 triumph.

“There are some who still disagree with Twenty20 being played for points,” he said.

“But the majority have indicated back to the association that’s what they want to do, so that’s what we’re doing.

“If you play Twenty20 for points, the games in round three, four and five still mean something if you haven’t won the first two.”

Harrison said the Twenty20 rounds would feature two matches at the same ground, an initiative designed to strengthen club unity.

Merrivale and Nestles, for instance, will clash in division two at noon, with the division one match starting at 3pm.

“We’ve got it in for this current season. I wouldn’t comment any further (about next season) at this stage,” Harrison said. “If it works well, hopefully it will continue. It’s all exciting. It’s going to be good when it comes around to see them playing the different formats.”

Harrison said the WDCA would release the division three fixture in coming weeks.

afawkes@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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