WITH the second half of the year underway it's almost time to start thinking about cricket again... Well, at least for the Bathurst District Cricket Association that's the case.
The BDCA held their annual general meeting on Wednesday night, looking to gauge clubs' thoughts on the COVID-disrupted 2019-20 season and the state of cricket in the city.
BDCA president Campbell Graham, who retained the district's top job, said no news is good news when it comes to the AGM's outcome.
"We obviously talked about the end of last season and how we had a lot of disruptions with bushfire smoke and COVID, which really impacted the end of our season.
"We touched base about the season ahead and different things the association will put in place, like tightening of our by-laws and our code of conduct."
One point talking is certain to arise in the next few months though: The late running of winter competitions to compensate for COVID-19 delays.
Graham said that's still an issue for the future but one the committee is keeping their eye on.
"No winter sporting competition have contacted me directly. I try and keep out of what they're going to do," he said.
"At some point we will have to get back to normality and things have to kick on. If we're affected at the start of our season then we'd have to run things into April next year, which doesn't help anybody. We don't want to do that.
"We want cricket to start at its normal time depending what happens with council grounds, and at the end of the day they've got the final word on what happens with those grounds.
"Apart from a few private grounds council makes all those calls and we're happy to adhere to whatever it is they want to do."
The AGM was a chance for Graham and the committee to reflect on a glowing season for Bathurst at the district level.
Bathurst's Western Zone Premier League success capped off another special season of play for the city's top players, during a year of big changes.
"Bathurst was very strong once again, and I think the merger with Orange has helped to strengthen our first grade competition," Graham said.
"Bathurst dominated every competition that they went into, taking every association trophy. They won the Hartas, Mitchell, Western Premier League and the Plate. That bodes well for the future of Bathurst cricket.
"It obviously depends on whether we have the same guys going around but luckily we've been up there for the last few years. Hopefully we can maintain it."