‘Robust discussions’ about promotion and relegation, as WPCA plan shortened 2020-21 club cricket season

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The Western Province Cricket Association have reiterated the 2020-21 club cricket season will only start in January.

The season traditionally starts in early October. However, preventative measures against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have caused a significant delay this time.

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Last month’s proposal that premier league and first division A to D WPCA clubs compete in the Ama20 Competition in December 2020 has been withdrawn. The tournament has been rescheduled for April 2020.

“We had hoped to start in December, but guidance from the South African government about the phased approach means we can only start in January. Let’s hope we can avoid a possible second wave of the virus and get back on the field,” said new WPCA president Ashraf Burns.

“I think that will be a great day for us all, when we can get back on the field and play cricket.”

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Fixtures for a truncated 2020-21 season will be compiled relatively soon. Whether clubs will vie for relegation and promotion remains in the balance.

“The cricket committee will have robust discussions about promotion and relegation,” added new WPCA vice-president Johannes Adams.

Still no 2019-20 WPCA premier league champion

The WPCA still haven’t crowned the premier league champion some eight months since the 2019-20 season ended.

Rondebosch Cricket Club topped the 2019-20 premier league standings. Durbanville Cricket Club, however, are effectively contesting a second-place finish.

The matter is with Cricket South Africa, who also have other priorities to deal with. We know we are running out of time and we ask for patience on this,” said WPCA cricket services manager Clinton du Preez.

Three new clubs join WPCA

Meanwhile, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cricket Club, Wesbank Cricket Club and Varsity College Cricket Club have formally been added to WPCA club cricket.

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