Victoria, Western Australia Share Points in Abandoned Marsh Sheffield Shield Match
The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia has officially been abandoned due to the lack of an alternative window to replay the fixture.
Play was suspended and ultimately abandoned at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last weekend due to excessive variable bounce in the wicket, which was caused by excess moisture in the surface.
Victoria and Western Australia will be awarded three points each and the Marsh Sheffield Shield table will be adjusted accordingly.
Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations, said the compact nature of cricket’s schedule meant finding an alternative window for the Victoria-Western Australia match had proven insurmountable.
“Under 6.4 of the Sheffield Shield Playing Conditions, it is the responsibility of Cricket Australia to attempt to relocate and/or reschedule any match that has been abandoned due to an inadequate pitch,” Roach said.
“After carefully assessing all options, it was obvious that there is no reasonable opportunity for this match to be replayed in the current season.
“Any rescheduling would have included all teams having significantly shortened, and unreasonable, breaks in the post-Christmas Shield window. Most affected would have been Western Australia and Victoria that would have played five matches (and potentially the final), each with shortened breaks.
“Playing the match would also have compromised the preferred venue of the WACA due to their current schedule of matches post-Christmas.
“The WACA and CV support the view that there is no reasonable opportunity to reschedule the match.
“Western Australia and Victoria will subsequently be awarded three points from the abandoned match, as well as providing each with the average bonus points accumulated from teams in the other matches (1.64).”
Roach reiterated Cricket Australia’s confidence that the MCG would produce a quality pitch for the Boxing Day Test.
“The Boxing Day strip is different to the one used for this Shield game and preparations for the Test match are well under way,” he said.
“We have every confidence that the MCG groundstaff will learn from the experience of the Shield match and turn out an excellent pitch for Boxing Day.”