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10th February 2017

Good afternoon all With extreme temperatures forecast for Sydney tomorrow, Sydney Cricket Association Management (SCA) has determined, as a safety precaution, to abandon play in all SCA matches scheduled to commence on Saturday 11th February 2017. The SCA considered the following advice from NSW team doctor, Dr John Orchard – “From the safety perspective, NSW Premier and Shires cricket does not have the infrastructure in place to safely monitor and manage heat stroke in what is essentially an amateur volunteer-run organisation. We don’t have the benefit of medical staff in place that will be monitoring players who are showing any signs or symptoms of heat stress. We also cannot ascertain beforehand if any player or umpire has a pre-existing illness. It is impossible to protect amateur players and umpires from poor individual decisions (e.g. attempting to play or work if already dehydrated from illness). With a large number of matches, the likelihood is, that if matches are not cancelled, that some individuals will make decisions is almost certain, even if warnings were given beforehand” Matches affected by this decision include – NSW Premier Cricket (including Sunday’s only 3rd Grade fixture), Women’s Premier Cricket and Sydney Shires Cricket. Matches in NSW Premier Cricket (Round 13) and Sydney Shires Cricket (Round 12) will be played next Saturday as one-day Limited-Overs matches across all grades. The SCA has also determined that Sunday’s Limited-Overs Semi-Finals in Premier First Grade and Shires Frank Gray Shield, will proceed as scheduled. Forecast temperatures in the location of these match are a manageable 30-34 degrees. Media release attached. Please distribute this email as appropriate. Note: you should remove pitch covers if laid earlier. Regards Roy Formica | NSW Premier Cricket Manager Cricket NSW | Driver Avenue Moore Park | PO Box 333 Paddington NSW 2021 | Australia Tel: +61 2 8302 6046 | Fax: +61 2 8302 6082 | Mobile: 0414 486 438 Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: cid:image002.png@01CB541D.0EBC7E50