Stumps called early on cricket season

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THE Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association board has voted to cancel local cricket competitions in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Grand Finals in senior MPCA competitions were set to take place next weekend, but will not go ahead. The association has not yet decided whether premierships will be awarded for the 2019/2020 season.

MPCA president Steven Morone said “we understand this is extremely disappointing for all clubs that have made it into the finals after a long season.”

“The decision has not been taken lightly and has been one of considerable discussion and angst for the board,” he said. “This decision is in line with Cricket Victoria’s directive received today from Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria.

“The MPCA board feels that it must take the advice seriously in order to assist with COVID-19 risk mitigation measures and help protect not only all members in the MPCA but those in the wider community.

“No decision has been made in regards to making a determination on the awarding of premierships in all senior grades yet, the board will be discussing this over the next few days and will convey that outcome at a later date.”

Mr Morone called on clubs to cancel or postpone any upcoming social events.

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