MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD
The Marsh Sheffield Shield final has been cancelled and New South Wales declared champions after leading the competition through nine rounds.
The decision follows Sunday’s announcement that the final round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season had been cancelled in an effort to reduce travel.
New South Wales won six, lost two and drew one of their matches this season for a total of 50.76 points. The next best team was Victoria with three wins, three losses and three draws for 38.53 points.
PREMIER & COMMUNITY CRICKET
CA and the WACA have strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including Community Cricket and Premier Cricket.
While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that some competitions are only just commencing however the recommendation applies to all competitions and training.
This decision is consistent with the measures taken to safeguard professional cricket at the elite level and is supported by State and Territory Associations.
Based on expert advice from CA’s Chief Medical Officer John Orchard and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.
While cricket is a relatively safe and non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families.
Cricket Australia is continuing to work with State and Territory Associations to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to local associations and the broader cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time.
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WACA GROUND & WACA STAFF
The WACA Ground (including the Museum and Tours) will be closed to the public, meaning all events, functions and competitions held at the Ground will be cancelled.
All community and school programs and competitions organised by WACA staff have been cancelled.
Staff will be not be attending any external meeting or hosting any external stakeholders for meetings, however we will still be working and available for meetings via skype/phone.
All Player Appearances have been cancelled and they will not be attending any functions or events.
The WACA wishes to advise these changes will be in place for the next two weeks and will be reassessed by Monday 30 March, unless further action is required sooner.
WACA CEO Christina Matthews said;
“We understand that many will be disappointed that these competitions will not have the ending to their seasons that they expected. However, we hope that our WA cricket community can understand that these measures are to protect fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue,” she said.
“The decisions and recommendations have been made in the context of advice from State and Federal Health departments suggesting that by taking these actions now we can contribute to slow the spread of the coronavirus to the broader community and return to normal as quickly as possible.”