Bradman Cup bonus point system
A bonus point system will determine this years Under 16 NSW Country Bradman Cup after wet weather caused the cancellation of the original carnival, which was replaced with Southern and Northern carnivals. North Coast, the present title holders, will need to take a lot of wickets to retain the trophy, as the Southern Carnival at Cowra should offer dryer and harder wickets for the southern teams.
The bonus system provides teams with six points per win or three for a wash out plus .01 for each run scored and .3 for each wicket. On dry wickets teams could expect to score 200 from 50 overs, while a wet wicket can cause teams to be bowled out for less than 100, a big advantage for the southern sides. Consequently, the North Coast lads will need to bowl out their opponents on each occasion to give themselves a chance. The eventual Bradman Cup winner will contest the State Challenge on February 24, against the winner of the Sydney A.W. Green Shield.
NSW Country Cricket administrator Bob Myatt said that although the northerners might seem to have an uphill battle, a bushfire could go through and upset the southerners.
Its a big broad land, and we administrators need a few feathers in our caps for getting these matches played at all, he said. A few feathers might make up for all the hair we keep pulling out.