Rain plays havoc

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Grand United was one of the big winners out of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association on Saturday despite a ball not being bowled.

After heavy rain leading up to day two of the round five matches and plenty more on game day, all play was cancelled by the association, having early made the call to report to grounds.

It meant the majority of matches across all six senior divisions ended in draws with teams splitting the points three apiece.

Grand United’s McNamara Shield game was the one exception in the senior divisions, with the Gorillas having already claimed first innings points against Sunbury on day one of the match.

The Gorillas had bowled out Sunbury for 85 and had been set to resume at 9-166.

The win and the whole six points has the Gorillas, who are now four from four, sitting three points clear on top of the ladder.

It wouldn’t be just Saturday’s cricket washed out in the VTCA, with the rescheduled round one matches on Sunday as well as the women’s competition also called off.

It was a similar story across all competitions in Melbourne’s north-west, with the majority called off.

The Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association called off all matches, which will now revert to one-day matches this Saturday.

Taylors Lakes faces Yarraville.

The North West Metropolitan Cricket Association, which is normally one of the last to call off its games, also cancelled play on Saturday and its women’s competition on Sunday.

The men’s matches, including Kealba-Green Gully against Gladstone Park, will be a one-dayer this Saturday.