Shorter cups as clubs struggle
South Canterbury senior club cricketers will need to be satisfied with one-day games after the association pulled the plug on the Tweedy Cup two-day competition.
The South Canterbury Cricket Association was worried Waimate might not be able to field a team and Roncalli were doubtful, so they have switched to the shorter format.
Chief executive David Fisher said the decision was not an easy one but had to be made.
"Some clubs thought the way the two-day competition was being played it was more like two one-day games anyway."
Fisher said all the senior clubs agreed as they did not want to risk losing a club. The decision has yet to be ratified by the board.
The chief executive admitted it was not an ideal situation when it came to Hawke Cup representative fixtures, which are played over two days, or for aspiring junior cricketers but the association would work hard on a decent representative build-up to fill the gap.
"It won't cause serious harm and we are looking at a more meaningful South Canterbury programme," he said.
The Mark Parker memorial game will be moved to the beginning of the season when it would be more relevant.
"Otago can use it as a trial and we are also looking at the Suburban game and Ron Biggar Memorial against Mid Canterbury to be all played in November," Fisher said.
"The standard of our representative cricketers should not drop."
The Tweedy Cup was first presented in 1939 and Fisher said it would still be used in some capacity in senior cricket.
"We are looking at what we do with it and the Daily Freightways Cup [for the winner of the one-day competition]."
South Canterbury is not alone in struggling to have a club two-day format as Otago dropped its version a couple of seasons ago.
Timaru Cricket Club spokesman Colin Cameron said it was disappointed with the decision and questioned whether changing because of concerns over one club was valid.
"We are not happy that the Tweedy Cup is not played over two days and cannot understand why the concept has been changed," he said. "Alterations have been made to the playing conditions over the past years to alleviate players' concerns about standing in the field all day."
Cameron was also concerned the history and tradition of the Tweedy Cup was being done away with, despite the fact it would be awarded in some other manner.
Celtic Cricket Club president Ants de Joux said though it was sad to see the demise of two-day cricket, it had just become a reality.
"I understand we were one of the last of the smaller associations still playing over two days," he said. "We've actually done well to survive this long."
De Joux said it was hard to keep players interested over two days.
"If you are a good cricketer you can handle both one and two-day formats easily."
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