Too hot to handle

WITH temperatures around 40 degrees forecast for that afternoon, local cricket and lawn bowls was abandoned on Saturday.

The North Gippsland Bowls Division called off its round of pennant, while the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association cancelled all senior matches because of the projected extreme heat.

The SMCA first grade matches scheduled for Saturday will be played on Sunday, February 21. Matches in second, third and fourth grades have been declared draws.

The decision was made under the SMCA’s extreme heat policy, which was introduced for the 2009-10 season.

Rosedale-Kilmany begins the Christmas-New Year break on top of the first grade ladder undefeated. Collegians is 10 points behind in second place.

Boisdale-Briagolong and Bundalaguah make-up the top four. Fifth-placed Stratford is four points behind.

The under 16s played twenty20 matches on Friday evening, while the under 14s completed their two-day games on Saturday morning.

SMCA first, second and third grades will resume Saturday, January 9. Fourth grade returns on January 16, with juniors the following weekend.

The North Gippsland bowls pennant season resumes January 16.

Sale White is on top of the section one bowls ladder, Yarram section two and Mand Maffra section three.