THE WEATHER continues to impact on the Imparja Cup, but organisers are still confident they can get in the full quota of matches.
Heavy rain forced the cancellation of last night’s opening match between the ACA Masters and Black Caps Twenty20 at Traeger Park in Alice Springs, and play is unlikely to get under way today.
Conditions will be assessed again today and if play isn’t possible the tournament will revert to an all T20 format tomorrow.
Head groundsman Scott Allen said the pitches had been covered during the heavy rain and he is confident once the rain halts the grounds will be in good condition.
“At the moment it’s still raining but the pitches have been covered since Friday. Traeger has been covered since Wednesday,” Allen said.
“We’ve had the roller on it this morning so it’s dry but there are a few little spots where water has leaked in but you’ve got to expect that.
“We were expecting a Monday start but it might be Tuesday.
“The outfields are sand-based so they drain very quickly.
“Last year, we had the AFL here and we had 300 millilitres of rain three nights before the matches.”
Cricket legends Merv Hughes, Rodney Hogg, Greg Matthews, Richard Chee Quee, Rick Darling and Jo Angel were scheduled to take part in a T20 match alongside six of the best cricketers in Alice Springs but instead joined members of Imparja Cup squads at the opening ceremony.
The ACA Masters will take part in a schools super clinic along with state and territory Imparja Cup representatives at Traeger Park today from 9.30am.
This year’s Imparja Cup, Cricket Australia’s national Indigenous tournament, runs until next Saturday, February 12.
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