WEDNESDAY night’s first ever day/night cricket match was a resounding success, according to Comboyne’s skipper Andrew Glover.
His opinion may be slightly biased considering Comboyne took the match against Wauchope RSL by 14 runs.
Comboyne finished with 8/120 and Wauchope’s reply of 9/96 fell just short.
Glover was so impressed by the match he believes there is room to play more.
“From a player’s perspective it is much more comfortable,” he said. “You’re not out there playing in the heat of the day.”
He said if there was one aspect he could change it would be the start time.
“Games should start a little later so the lights have a chance to have more of an affect,” he said. “At dusk it can be a little bit awkward because the sunlight is fading and the lights haven’t taken full effect yet.”
Even though it was under lights, the bad light still nearly stopped play.
The lights went out prematurely, with two overs to go.
Play was delayed for about 30 minutes before the lights shone once again.
Glover said Ethan McKenna was a clear stand out on the night and said it was his efforts that won Comboyne the game. “He didn’t take any wickets but it was his tight bowling spell at the start that really put them (Wauchope) on the back foot,” he said.
But it wasn’t just McKenna’s bowling that earned the praise from the captain. Glover said he also shone with the bat, blasting 41 as an opener.