FOUR Thursday night twenty20 matches, including a grand final, headline the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association's 2020-21 fixture.
The WDCA has released the 18-round fixture with grand finals set for January 10 (one-day), January 21 (twenty20) and March 20 (two-day).
The three mid-week games will be played in round seven, nine and 11 in between the final four of nine one-day games scheduled before Christmas. The twenty20 decider will also be on a Thursday.
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Five twenty20 and four two-day games will be played this season, which starts on October 31. Last summer four twenty20 rounds and five two-dayers were played as part of the rotating fixture.
Last season's grand finalists - Brierly Christ-Church and Woodford - play each other in the final one-day and two-day games in round 12 and round 18.
Allansford-Panmure will play its first game as a newly-merged club against Nestles at Uebergang Oval.
WDCA chairperson Gordon McLeod said this season's fixture needed to be flexible as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The overall fixture needs to have flexibility built into it with the restrictions in place," he said.
"We have got to make sure we can do our very best to ensure all the teams play everyone depending on the circumstances."
McLeod said the clubs were eager for more mid-week cricket following last year's successful twenty20 grand final won by Dennington.
"We looked at how we can play in the shortened period of time we have and felt the Thursday would be really good option to see how they work and there is good general support for playing them," he said.
McLeod also confirmed start dates for both boys' and girls' competitions. Under 17 boys start on Tuesday, October 27.
The under 15s start on the Friday and the under 13s commence on the same Saturday as the seniors (October 31).
The under 17 girls start Wednesday, November 4 while the under 14 girls will have their start date confirmed soon.
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