Golden Point star import Manjula De Zoysa will return home after a death in the family.
In what is a difficult time for the talented all-rounder, De Zoysa will make his way back to Sri Lanka with a return date unknown.
The club is throwing its support around De Zoysa and is not expecting the Pointies premiership player to give them any set time frame, understanding of the difficult time.
“It’s a wait and see proposition, we wouldn’t stand in the way of anyone when it comes to family – it’s totally up to him,” Golden Point vice president Nick Smith said.
“The likelihood is that it will effect the next match.
“(But) family’s first and cricket is secondary.”
De Zoysa has established himself as not only one of Golden Point’s best players, but one of the top players in the Ballarat Cricket Association first grade – boasting batting and bowling figures in the top 10 of the competition.
His loss will hurt the Pointies, but will not impact Saturday’s day two clash against Wendouree given De Zoysa has already been dismissed during the Pointies run chase.
De Zoysa showed his quality with the ball last weekend, taking team-best figures of 3-18 from 14 overs.
There is one more two-day match prior to Christmas, with De Zoysa unlikely to be available, the competition then return on January 12.
Golden Point will resume its clash with Wendouree on Saturday, with the game evenly poised.
The Pointies delivered a top-notch bowling performance to knock-off the Red Caps for 150, however Golden Point slumped with the bat late in the afternoon.
It will resume its run chase at 4-39 after Red Caps’ Jack Peeters enjoyed a hot spell with the ball, taking three Pointies scalps.