Local cricketers are getting ready to dust off the whites later this month with the Gunnedah District Cricket Association pencilling in a start date of October 30 for the 2021-22 season following their monthly meeting this week.
That has been guided by the indications from the state government of a resumption of community sport on October 25, which is the Monday after they expect to hit the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target.
At this stage only first grade will start then with the second grade competition not slated to get underway until December 4.
That was decided on at Monday's nights meeting to give clubs a bit of leeway with numbers in anticipation that there will be players that won't be able to play initially due to the double vaccination mandate.
Until December 1 only double vaccinated people 16 and over are able to participate in community sport.
New president Andrew Johns acknowledges that will have an impact on numbers but said they aren't "going to risk anything there".
"We'll follow the NSW public health orders to a tee," he said.
Generally he said numbers are looking around the same as they have been.
"Things are looking a bit more promising," he said.
"One of the clubs were a bit concerned about numbers.
"But it looks like numbers will be okay for all of the clubs in town."
Another of the big discussions at the meeting on Monday was the re-introduction of two-dayers.
It was something he flagged after taking over the presidency following feedback he received from the clubs.
"The meeting seem pretty keen to explore a round of two-dayers and move away from T20 cricket because there is an avenue for that through the Gunnedah Premier League," Johns said.
One of the main motivations behind reinstating two-dayers is the young kids coming through, and better preparing them for that next level.
It will for this season be only one round, and only for first grade; second grade will be all one-day cricket.
Johns has tasked his predecessor Brad Gander will knocking up a draft draw, which he hopes to be able to distribute to the clubs soon.
The later start to the season will mean there is less cricket. There isn't really the avenue to extend the season, he said, with the two main fields also utilised by AFL and rugby league.
The next general meeting isn't scheduled until after the season but Johns said there will be "plenty of conversations" happening with a lot still to work through.
"We've got to develop a COVID safe plan, get a QR code for check-in," he said.
As of Monday, for now the clubs are able to start training.
"My club Mornington have already started talking about training," Johns said.
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