Old school cricket ground

Liam Durkin

TAKING an in-depth look at Sale-Maffra Cricket Association 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 ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Given that cricket is a problem-solving game, there may be a few interesting returns that come to light during the next few weeks as we analyse different SMCA venues and the clubs that call those venues home.

This week it is College Oval, home of Collegians.

Ground dimensions: 150 metres long by 120m wide.

Average score for team batting first past five seasons: one-day: 179; two-day: 199.

Much riding on the toss? In the past two seasons at College Oval, only twice has the team which called correctly at the toss also won the game.

Home ground advantage? Collegians has won 72.73 per cent of games played at College Oval since 2015-16.

Finals played at College Oval since 2015-16: matches: four; average score batting first: 217; team posting won: four; team chasing won: zero.

Percentage of wickets taken at College Oval in 2019-20: with pace: 73.54; with spin: 23.16.

Stats that matter:

Verdict: If it’s in your arc, put it out the park.