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 the Rosedale Recreation Reserve, home of the Rosedale-Kilmany Warriors.
Ground dimensions: 155 metres long by 115m wide.
Average score for team batting first last five seasons: one-day: 146; two-day: 163.
Much riding on the toss? The team winning the toss has only won 29.17 per cent of games at Rosedale in the last four seasons.
Home ground advantage? Rosedale-Kilmany has won 21 of 32 games at Rosedale since 2015-16.
Finals played at Rosedale Recreation Reserve since 2015-16: Only one final has been played at Rosedale in the last five seasons. Interestingly, in that final (2015-16 semi-final), Stratford posted 166 after being sent in, a score pretty much identical to the average score (163) teams have managed batting first in two-day matches at the venue in the previous five seasons.
Percentage of wickets taken at Rosedale Recreation Reserve in 2019-20: with pace: 64.7; with spin: 32.77.
Stats that matter playing against Rosedale-Kilmany:
Verdict: batsman save games at Rosedale Recreation Reserve, bowlers win them.