A Maryborough District Cricket Association first has seen Creswick Imperials gain entry into the 2017-18 one-day grand final.
Saturday’s contest between ladder leaders Laanecoorie Dunolly and the Knights was decided using the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain halted play midway through the second innings of play at Deledio Oval.
It is the first time the Duckworth-Lewis system has been used to determine the result of a match in the association since the MDCA adopted the implementation of the method, designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances, prior to the 2016-17 season.
Creswick was at 2/105 chasing Laane’s first innings total of 9/179 when rain halted play, with Duckworth-Lewis calculations then revealing the Knights had already surpassed a revised total of runs that stood in the nineties.
Recording an eight-wicket win, Creswick secured a vital six premiership points to cement second place on the ladder and qualify for the 2017-18 one-day grand final on December 17, separating itself from the third placed Clunes, stranded on 24 premiership points and facing the bye over the weekend.
Despite losing its first game of the season, Laanecoorie Dunolly wasn’t dislodged from top position and will host the short format season decider in the final game of the year before the MDCA takes it Christmas break.
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