Cricket Victoria and AFL Victoria have come to an arrangement in May 2020 as to what the prospective football season and subsequent cricket season may look like.
Football's community home and away season will extend to Sunday 27th September 2020, and Finals until Sunday 18th October at the latest. Cricket will not have priority access until Friday 16th October for junior competitions, and Friday 23rd October for senior competitions. Senior turf cricket competitions can only consider scheduling finals through April 2021 where they cannot commence their seasons before November 1, 2020 due to the time required to prepare safe wickets.
It should be noted that CYMS Football Club and Cricket Club have a close working relationship and will continue to work together to optimise a smooth transition from cricket to football, and vice versa at the end of the season.
For full details, see the following release by Cricket Victoria
Football will have priority use access to fixture competitions up to no later than the following:
Home and Away football fixtures for Seniors and Juniors to conclude on or before Sunday 27th September;
Finals (or ‘lightning premierships’) for Juniors to conclude on or before Sunday 11th October; &
Finals fixtures for Seniors to conclude on or before Sunday 18th October
Cricket will have priority use access to fixture competitions from no earlier than the following (with play to commence when safe to do so – including ensuring matches do not proceed until pitches are adequately prepared):
Premier Cricket 1st & 2nd Xl competition (Men and Women) – Saturday 10th October;
Junior competitions from Friday 16th October; &
All other senior competitions from Friday 23rd October.
N.B. Where community football competitions choose to not commence their season or have completed their season by the end of September, Cricket Associations shall retain priority flexibility to schedule matches from October 1st.
The Premier Cricket competition is entitled to schedule finals through to April 25, 2021. All other senior turf cricket competitions can only consider scheduling finals through April 2021 where they cannot commence their seasons before November 1, 2020 due to the time required to prepare safe wickets.