The Eagles’ nest

Liam Durkin

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 problemsolving 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 Cameron Sporting Complex, home of the Maffra Eagles.

Ground dimensions: 155 metres long by 125m wide.

Average score for team batting first at Cameron Sporting Complex past five seasons: one-day: 186; two-day: 228.

Much riding on the toss? The team winning the toss has won 65.62 per cent of games at Maffra since 2015-16.

Home ground advantage? Maffra has won 42.42 per cent of matches at home since 2015-16.

Finals: No finals have been played at Cameron Sporting Complex in the past five seasons. The last final to be played at Cameron Sporting Complex was the 2014-15 grand final between Bundalaguah and Sale. In that match the Swans posted 131, which the Bulls chased with relative ease four wickets down.

Percentage of wickets taken at Cameron Sporting Complex in 2019-20: with pace: 47.25; with spin: 38.63.

Stats that matter playing against Maffra:

Verdict: plenty of runs on offer at Cameron Sporting Complex. Hit out or get out.