Third grade cricket scrapped for the 2017-18 GDCA season

HIATUS: Gunnedah District Cricket Association president Brad Gander said there'd be no third grade this season.
HIATUS: Gunnedah District Cricket Association president Brad Gander said there'd be no third grade this season.

The Gunnedah District Cricket Association third grade competition has been scrapped for the 2017-18 season following a meeting on Monday.

Just three teams had nominated for the competition but no games have been played this season after the first round was washed out before Albion forfeited its second round clash on Saturday against Kookaburras.

A vote was held with the majority opting to put third grade on ice for this season.

“We’ve decided to stand it down for the season,” Gunnedah District Cricket Association president Brad Gander said.

“It’s a bit of a shame but there’s just not enough numbers to make it viable at this stage. 

“Hats off to the Kookaburras. They were struggling for a third grade side at the start but managed to get enough for themselves but there wasn’t quite enough to run it across the board.”

Gander said by no means did this mean third grade was cancelled for good.

“Ideally, we’d like to get it up and running again next year,” he said.

Gander said a number of players from the third grade sides – which are a mix of players of all ages – would push up to second grade to boost the numbers in the higher competitions.

He also hoped any players still eligible to play junior cricket would do so.

“We encourage any kids that were playing thirds to to go back and play junior cricket,” he said.

Contact Katrina King at gunjuncricket@westnet.com.au to register for the junior competition.