Weather Update

Apologies for the late update. Many of you had called the organizers regarding the prospects of the tournament. So I am going to make this news as transparent as I can.

At about 12 noon today we received an email from the University officials saying, they are officially canceling our tournament in Flower Gardens and Orchard Fields. Vexed as you would be, we went and spoke with them and managed to find us an alternative solution. There are many people who were supposed to travel to State College and we have collected the registration fee from all the teams so far. We put forth all our grievances into what was so far deaf ears.

But as luck would have it we have been granted the West Campus Fields to conduct this tournament tomorrow. These fields are near the IST / Leonhard buildings. Proximity of the field is not a problem this time around. We have the fields on Saturday and Sunday until 10 pm and we also get to avail the floodlights in the ground. This comes as a good and a bad news to the club. Good, because we are somehow pulling this thing together. Bad, because we put in so much effort, money and time to lay the pitch on Flower Gardens and it would have been a perfect avenue for a high quality tournament. But we have decided to move on.

Bottomline: The Tournament is back on!

Schedule Changes:

Three games were supposed to happen today –

1. PSU Royal Challengers vs. White Tigers

2. Blue Rowdies vs. Industrial Engineering

3. Orchard Dark Knights vs. Randies

All these three games have been cancelled today. We are yet to decide whether we will abandon these three games and share the points or we will try to fit in these games tomorrow into our tight schedule.

The IUP Sharks team have withdrawn from the tournament. That would mean we can go one match lighter in the league stages giving way for us to fit one of these three matches.

While we are working on these aspects, we thank you for your support to the cricket club.

All other matches tomorrow and the day after will go as per schedule starting at 8:30 am in West Campus Fields. Please inform all your team mates.

Requirement from the players on West Fields:

1. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the cricket field.

2. We are not even supposed to dig in the stumps into the ground. We will be using stump holders (for which, I have to rush to home depot with my carpentry cap on). So please make sure you guys preserve the fields as much as you can. The field authorities are going to inspect the way we play periodically and we have to make sure we are good kids in front of them.

3. The parking area is restricted to only cars that have valid PSU parking permits.

4. The whole field is fenced and it will allow only the players to be present inside the field. More the number of people inside, more the damage to the field. Though we have cancelled the orders for chairs and tables, we do have stadium benches. Everyone are requested not to flock the field when the games are in progress and use these benches for seating.

5. Please make sure you do not throw away any waste in the ground or the surrounding areas. We have promised to do the clean up after the tournament is over. You could save us some time and effort by throwing all your waste in the trash cans.

About the Pitch and Outfield:

1. The pitch is a turf wicket (artificial grass). You are bound to get a lot of bounce and skid off this pitch. It might be a little bowler friendly.

2. The straight and backside boundaries will be 55-60 yards (same as we said we would make it in Flower Gardens). However, the square boundaries on the leg and off sides are only ~40 yards. Since all the teams have the same set of conditions, we have decided to go with this. I hope no one will find this disturbing and raise objections. Your understanding of our efforts is highly appreciated. 😛

Please be on the field 30-45 mins before the scheduled start. We will be starting games as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of us. You know our numbers.

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