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Premier Cricket Grand Finals - cancelled
Date of Event Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:03PM

Premier Cricket Grand Finals - cancelled
Hi All
In the best interests of cricket participants and the wider community, this communication outlines how Australian cricket will do our part to further protect players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of the game plus the wider community during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Cricket Australia, in consultation with its State & Territory Associations, has cancelled the Marsh Sheffield Shield final for 2019/20 and Queensland Cricket has taken the further step of cancelling all Premier Cricket finals from this week onwards.  We expect local community cricket and school competitions to take the same leadership position and cancel all cricket playing and training activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to this unprecedented global health issue.
This expectation also applies to competitions that are just starting or about to commence in some parts of the country.  Where relevant, we will work with these associations to minimise this disruption over the coming weeks and months.  This is an evolving issue and decisions on starting or recommencing should be made carefully in line with government advice and direction from Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket.
We know many people in cricket communities around Australia will be disappointed with this decision, but it has been made in our communities’ best interests in line with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, John Orchard.
We acknowledge that this is a more extreme step than communicated in previous weeks, but our advice now is that the risks of playing organised sport at any level are too high to safely continue.
We also recommend that all clubs and associations consider the cancellation or postponement of end of season functions.
As all communities, organisations and institutions around the world rally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, so must Australian cricket. We hope that by taking these actions now we can play a small part in ‘flattening the curve’ and stemming the spread of the virus.
For any further information, please read the FAQs here. https://www.community.cricket.com.au/clubs/policies/covid-19-faq
Our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families. Thank you for your commitment to cricket in your community. All of our thoughts are with you and your families as you navigate these uncertain times.
The completed season grade positions follow:
Two Day Premiers
First Grade – University of Queensland
Second Grade – University of Queensland
Third Grade – Northern Suburbs
Fourth Grade – Northern Suburbs
Fifth Grade – Wynnum-Manly
Sixth Grade – Northern Suburbs [1]
These premierships align with the current Premier Cricket regulations around Finals, plus the communication that went out on Friday, where the highest placed team would be the winner.
To all well done on a successful season
Yours in cricket
Bennett
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BENNETT KING | General Manager - Performance, Pathways & Coaching Queensland Cricket | 1 Greg Chappell St | Albion Queensland 4010 Direct: +61 7 3292 3129 | Mobile: +61 413 736 928 Bennett.King@qldcricket.com.au | www.qldcricket.com.au

Last updated: Tuesday March 17, 2020 1:07PM
Author: Paul Keller
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