What relevant WPCA by-law says about promotion and relegation in ‘abnormal circumstances’

Were Rondebosch Cricket Club and Green Point Cricket Club at the top of the 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association premier league and first division A, respectively, at a crucial juncture in the season?

The question is pertinent, and applies to several other first-placed and second-placed clubs, after the remainder of the 2019 WPCA club cricket season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The relevant WPCA by-law states: “The WPCA executive board, in consultation with the WPCA members’ council, may in the event of abnormal circumstances such as a water crisis/drought curtail the season.

“In such an event and provided it is possible to play a single round of matches, promotion and relegation shall be determined by the log standings after the completion of the first round of matches (each team to have played each other team at least once).

“In the event of the commencement of the second round of matches and the season curtails, any second round matches played will not be considered for the purposes of the log positions. To achieve promotion and relegation, provision will be made for all teams who have not completed the first round matches to do so.

“First round matches which have not been completed on the date of curtailment shall be played on a date and at a venue as determined by the WPCA local leagues committee.”

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