Increase in shorter formats makes sense moving forward

Ballarat Cricket Association president Rob Florence feels a move towards an increase in the shorter forms of the game is only natural given the current state of international cricket.

The BCA released its format for the 2018-19 first grade fixture two weeks ago, the notable changes being a decrease in two-day matches – nine to six – while twenty20 matches will be played for premiership points.

The chosen fixture received the majority of votes from BCA clubs and Florence said it made sense that the local competition aligned with the modern configuration.

Florence, a cricket traditionalist, said while participation numbers were “nothing to be concerned about”, numbers were not on the increase and he said more one-day and twenty20 cricket would appeal to the younger generations and be far more friendly to people’s schedules, particularly in the busy pre-Christmas period.

“Obviously we’ve got to look towards the younger generation,” Florence told The Courier.

“It seems to be heading that way.

“I think it’s a positive from a spectator view, it’s more of a spectacle.

“Even local people are time-poor these days.

“Particularly in the lower grades, there’s not the desire to be out on the ground for 80 overs on a Saturday afternoon.

“The guys that have played firsts and seconds for a number of years that are getting towards their twilight, will continue on a bit more with the new format because its easier on their bodies...that should increase the numbers if we can attract new people as well.”

Meanwhile, the Ballarat Women’s Cricket Club will hold its inaugural general meeting to form the new club on July 25.

The meeting will see the election of executives, acceptance of constitution and general business discussion. 

The club is still encouraging experienced or interested people to put their hand up to be on the board.