CSA to trial four-day cricket under lights
Cricket South Africa (CSA) will break historic ground when it holds its first day/night match under first-class conditions at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, between the North West Dragons and the Chevrolet Knights in a pre-season friendly.
This match however, will not be afforded any class of status.
The match will take place from 3 to 6 September, with play starting at 2:30pm on day one, with the scheduled close of play being at 9pm.
The players will wear their normal first-class kit (white or cream) but will play with the new improved, Kookaburra Turf Pink Balls and use black sightscreens.
“This trial match is a result of our commitment to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to test the feasibility of first-class day/night cricket under South African climatic conditions,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.
“The match referee, in consultation with his team of match officials, the coaches and the captains, will then compile an extensive, detailed report on the match and submit it to CSA. It will then be forwarded to the ICC with the feedback.”
CSA will also be changing the lunch and tea intervals in all multi-day cricket this season (ie the Sunfoil 4-day competition, the CSA 3-day competition and the CSA U19 3-day competition) in terms of the ICC’s new draft Standard Test Playing Conditions.
This allows for the lunch interval to remain at 40 minutes and the tea interval at 20 minutes or to have two intervals of 30 minutes each. CSA will be using the latter option of 30 minutes for each interval.
This has been agreed upon after consultation between CSA General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl, and the CSA Manager: Cricket Operations, Mike Gajjar, with the respective franchise head coaches.
This new initiative of the two 30-minute intervals will be utilised in this match with the remainder of the playing conditions as per last season being applicable to this format.
MATCH DETAILS FOR THE FOUR-DAY DAY/NIGHT TRIAL MATCH:
Days: Monday - Thursday
Date: 3 – 6 September 2012
Match: North West Dragons v Chevrolet Knights
Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroon
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock and Shaun George
3rd Umpire: Karl Hurter
Referee: Devdas Govindjee
1st Session: 2:30pm– 4:40pm
Tea:4:40pm – 5:10pm (Lunch in a normal match)
2nd Session: 5:10pm – 7:20pm
Supper: 7:20pm – 7:50pm (Tea in a normal match)
3rd Session: 7:50pm – 9pm