Grading debate still an issue

IT may count for little this year, but Waves have won the battle to keep four of their own from division one grading.

Rhys Grills, Mitch Waters, Chris Duff and Curtis Janke were all selected for grading, which meant they could no longer play for their division two side.

But Waves president Noel Stitt wrote a letter to the Bundaberg Cricket Association, arguing that the players selected had not done enough to solely play first grade.

Under the rules, any player who scores 200 runs or takes 15 wickets in a higher division than they are graded is automatically put up.

But Stitt asserted that the players’ form hardly warranted such a move.

“If you look at those guys, none are that damaging that they should only play first grade,” he said.

“Grillsy tries his heart out, Curtis is only 17 and Chris Duff is not a destructive bowler or batsman. It just doesn’t seem right.”

Stitt said the only player, in his eyes, to stand out this season had been Adam Rayner.

“No other player has been that dominant,” he said.

“And with only three teams, each first grade side plays a division two team every other week anyway, so it makes no difference.”

To counter this he proposed the Bundaberg Cricket Association combine with the Fraser Coast next season.

“I know our boys are keen and it would mean playing different teams every week, something that can really improve your cricket,” he said.

Conjecture over grading has proved a popular talking point among the clubs this season.

The exchange between Waves’ Adam Lutz and Country Wests’ Travis Henke on the Just Sports website last year caught the attention of the BCA, and clubs are still far from sold on the grading method.

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