Cricket in Gloucester nearly cancelled due to dry conditions

Gloucester players celebrate a wicket against Old Bar earlier this season. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Gloucester players celebrate a wicket against Old Bar earlier this season. Photo: Scott Calvin.

Plans to temporarily cease cricket matches in Gloucester was stopped due to a decent downpour of rain.

The main wicket at Gloucester District Park, used for Gloucester Bushmen's home fixtures in the Manning second grade competition, was reduced to a dust bowl at the height of the recent dry spell.

According to Gloucester District Cricket Association president Matthew Higgins, the surface was unplayable. That was until decent rain turned the tide.

"For a while there it (the pitch) was just dirt," Higgins said.

"I called off all games that were to be played but three days after that we had rain and it became green."

The Bushmen may have played their last game of the summer in Gloucester. They're on the road for the next two rounds and have the bye in round 15.

"We'll only be back in Gloucester if we host a final," Higgins said.

The side takes on Old Bar at Old Bar Park on Saturday. The sides have shared the points in two encounters this season.

They also join Great Lakes in a three-way tie at the top of the table. Great Lakes does have the lead, however, due to a superior percentage.

Over summer, the Mid North Coast Cricket Council monitored the conditions of fields and wickets used by Manning clubs in the premier league and reserve grades.

Council chairman David Burley told Manning River Times in December last year the MidCoast water truck was tasked with watering wickets at Chatham Park and Johnny Martin Oval.

The main concerns at the time were with Wingham's Cedar Party Reserve and grounds in Old Bar and Harrington.

Tuncurry's South Street Oval avoided any issues as curators continued to use recycled and bore water.