LOOKING out over the sunny vista of Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, Mt Waverley captain Dhugal Bedingfield wondered how in the world he wasn't playing cricket.
But that was the reality for Victorian Sub District Cricket Association players on Saturday with the association calling off all matches.
Mt Waverley was scheduled to play against Noble Park at Pat Wright Senior Oval which, despite a strike by Greater Dandenong council workers, was reported to be fit for play.
Bedingfield said Mt Waverley was in excellent condition and he and his teammates were desperate to get out on the field following rain-outs on opening day and again on Saturday.
"Our ground was looking pretty dry and the pitch is in good condition as well," he said. "It appears most grounds in our area are okay but in a few other parts of Melbourne they were no good.
"It's a bit frustrating and disappointing not to be playing, to be honest."
Mt Waverley hosts Croydon at Mt Waverley Reserve in a two-day clash starting this Saturday but Bedingfield admitted he hadn't looked ahead to next week, as he had hoped to play this round.
Mt Waverley could consider bringing Andrew Northridge and James Jensen into the side to face Croydon but with the team training well Bedingfield said he wasn't expecting to make many changes to his side.
"We trained indoors last Thursday and the guys put in a really good session," he said. "It's frustrating we couldn't bring that form into a game today [Saturday].
"Our turf nets are up and going now so hopefully we can get some time on them this week in preparation for the game."
Mt Waverley plays Croydon at Mt Waverley Reserve this Saturday at 12.30pm.