Coronavirus fears cut MDCA season short, first placed teams claim premierships

All MDCA finals have been cancelled with the three teams who finished on top of their division ladders crowned as the premiers. A gradeʼs flag was handed over to an undefeated Laanecoorie Dunolly, which had been determined to go back-to-back this season after winning the one-day cup last year.

For the first time ever, the Maryborough District Cricket Association (MDCA) has crowned its premiers without any finals games even being played.

Cricket is the latest local sport to fall victim to coronavirus (COVID- 19) with the cancellation of the A grade and A reserve semi finals and the first of three B grade grand finals which were previously scheduled to be played this weekend on advice from Cricket Australia.

This unprecedented cancellation will see the minor premiers for all three grades named as the premiership sides for the 2019/20 season with Laanecoorie Dunolly winning A grade, Creswick Imperials winning A reserve and Talbot winning B grade.

Funnily enough, in all grades the default title goes to sides that are undefeated with the A reserve and A grade sides also having claimed the one-day cup as well.

Long time MDCA president and current player for Clunes, Mark Allen said the outbreak and the ruling on local cricket has left him feeling flat.

“It was unbeknownst to me when I walked off Mill on Saturday that it was going to be my last hit of the year,” he said

“I’ve just felt flat since it’s all happened. It’s been the biggest test for me in my six years as president that’s for sure.

“Cricket Australia strongly recommended that all levels stop play and then the MDCA’s executive had a get together this week and that was the decision that was reached.

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