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New-look for Grampians Cricket

Grampians Cricket Association takes on a new look for season 2019-20 with major changes to the administrative positions.

Dave Turner returns as president, Nic Baird takes over as secretary, vice-presidents are Marc Brilliant and Geoff Phillips, assistant secretary and treasurer are Andrew Woods and Andrew Oddie respectively, and Gary Hannett and Travis Nicholson round out the executive. In all there are five new administrators.

A Grade competition also sees changes, with B Grade premier Chalambar promoted to the premier grade.

Last season’s runner-up Buangor-Tatyoon has asked to be demoted to B Grade because of a loss of player numbers.

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Aradale has also made a last-minute request to join B Grade.

Both Buangor and Tatyoon had been premiers in recent years and were forced to combine last season to field an A Grade team.

Until a couple of years ago both Buangor and Tatyoon fielded firsts and seconds for a total of four teams, but are now reduced to just one B Grade side.

The season was due to hit off with a usual one-day fixture this weekend, but Aradale’s request has forced officials to postpone the start until next week.

Association officials announced last night on social media that they would work on new A and B Grade draws for the season.

They said, ‘This extra week allows the committee to create a new draw instead of trying to fix the already-made draw on the fly and making a mess of it, which would create more issues.

‘This will also eliminate the byes in both grades.

‘Once this new draw is complete it will be circulated again. 

‘Hopefully all clubs can understand this was not an easy decision made by the committee, but it is one in the best interest of cricket in the region.’

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