Regrettably, Cootamundra has forfeited its O’Farrell Cup challenge against Cricket Albury Wodonga this Sunday.
On Sunday night, Cootamundra District Cricket Association secretary Pat Kerin informed CAW chairmen, Michael Erdeljac, that Cootamundra will forfeit.
It is believed that Cootamundra’s forfeit is only their third since first entering the O’Farrell Cup in 1946.
Having just one A grade side in the South West Slopes Cricket League has severely affected Cootamundra’s representative cricket.
It is not in Cootamundra’s culture to forfeit representative matches; however, Cootamundra had no alternative with a number of players unavailable for Sunday’s match.
Cootamundra is committed to finishing off the Stribley Shield season. Should they defeat Yass in the final round on January 20, they will play Wagga in the final on February 10.
PAT Kerin is still on cloud nine are officiating at the inaugural over 50s World Cup last Friday.
The match at Bradman Oval in Bowral saw England play New Zealand. Kerin stood with Tim Gumbleton from Wagga.
England proved too strong scoring 8-232 from their 45 overs, New Zealand replied with 173.
Kerin was also appointed to the Australia v Pakistan match at Mark Taylor Oval in Sydney on November 28, but due to heavy rain, the whole round was abandoned.
Eight teams took part in the inaugural over 50s World Cup, Australia, Canada, England, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Wales.
Australia defeated Pakistan in an exciting final played at Drummoyne Oval on Wednesday. Batting first Australia made a below par score of 165, they then restricted Pakistan to 162.
Pakistan looked finished when they crashed to be 9-94, and then the last pair of Babar Butt (46) and Ijaz Ahmed (26) not out added 68 runs, but it was not enough as Australia prevailed by three runs. In the plate final Canada defeated South Africa by seven wickets.
THE Crusaders are back at Albert Park on Saturday at 1.30pm as they host the Coyotes from Young.
The next four rounds are T20 fixtures.
Saturday, December 15, is the last match for 2018 with the Crusaders hosting Mimosa.