As the forecast temperature for Thursday 21January 2021 at 4.30 pm on Tuesday 19 January 2021 on the BOM website was 35 degrees Celsius, all round 13 matches will be played at the normal time tomorrow.
However, as per Rule 7.5, if the forecast at 7:30 tomorrow morning (Thursday) has increased to 36 degrees or above on the BOM website, matches will not be played tomorrow. They would be rescheduled – not to next Tuesday, Australia Day, but to a day to be determined.
7.5 However, if the Tuesday 4.30pm forecast maximum temperature for Thursday is below 36 degrees but increases to be 36 degrees or above at 7:30 am forecast on the day of play (Thursday) then all games will be played on the following Tuesday at the normal starting time (or a day as determined by Match & Program Committee).
Clubs are reminded that they need to have a dedicated person monitoring the temperature to ensure that games do not continue if the cut-off temperature (36 degrees Celsius) is reached (as per Rule 7.2). Please note that it is only the temperature on the hour and 1/2 hour that are used to determine whether play will cease.
7.2.4 It is a requirement that a check of the temperature at the designated weather station is done shortly after each hour and half hour during play (i.e. to find out the temperature recorded at the assigned Weather Station at the hour and half hour e.g. 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm etc.).
7.2.5 If the recorded temperature at the hour or half hour reaches or exceeds the cut-off temperature, the responsible person is to advise the Umpire of the Day, who after confirming the temperature, will direct all players to stop playing after completing the end in play. Any resulting dead ends will not be replayed. Play will be abandoned for the day. Refer to Rules 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.4, & 7.5 to determine the next steps.
Member Clubs are also reminded that for all matches that are played on days of extreme heat, it is recommended that mid-game breaks are only taken upon mutual agreement between Side Managers. However, Side Managers are advised to be mindful of the duty of care for all participants and monitor the conditions and consider breaks, if necessary, to provide participants with opportunities to hydrate.
If there are any questions regarding the above changes or further clarification required, please contact Match & Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)