WITH the majority of senior winter sport not going ahead, many clubs in the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association may have used the downtime of late to begin plotting their approach for the 2020-21 season.
Taking an in-depth look at SMCA historical evidence from recent seasons, the Gippsland Times has crunched the numbers to see if there is anything from a statistical point of view that could prove insightful.
Given that cricket is a problem-solving game, there may be a few interesting returns that come to light over the next few weeks as we analysis different SMCA venues and the clubs that call those venues home.
This week is Sale Oval, home of the Sale Swans.
Ground dimensions: 170 metres long by 115m wide.
Average score for team batting first at Sale Oval last five seasons: one-day: 160; two-day: 205.
Much riding on the toss? The team winning the toss has won 17 of the last 32 games at Sale Oval.
Home ground advantage? Sale has won 24 of 35 games at Sale Oval since 2015-16.
Finals played at Sale Oval since 2015-16: matches: 4; average score batting first: 208; team posting won: 2; team chasing won: 2.
Percentage of wickets taken at Sale Oval in 2019-20: with pace: 53.70; with spin: 36.11.
Stats that matter playing against Sale:
Verdict: win the toss, bat first, and go big.