BITS Oval will light up 20-20 competition weekend after next
CRICKET: This year's Sims Metal Industries of Gladstone 20-20 Cricket Challenge is set to be bigger and better.
It will be held on September 22-23 at BITS Oval with industry companies Aurizon and Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) to join regular teams QAL, BSL, Rio Tinto, Santos GLNG, QGC, Orica, GPC and APLNG.
The carnival of cricket enters its 10th year and GPC regular Zac Smith is keen to go back-to-back.
"Keep a look-out for Curtis the Turtle who is our opening bowler," he said. "He is going to be a bit fresher not having to bowl in the heat of the day."
GPC will meet fellow coal company WICET on the Saturday night in what will be the first-ever game under lights.
WICET captain Tim Boston, fresh from coaching the BITS Saints' under-13 Aussie Rules to a premiership 10 days ago, said his fellow employees were excited to finally be part of the Industries Challenge.
"I've been down to a few Industries Cricket weekends and have seen just how much the company employees love it, so when we got the chance to join, we're all for it," he said.
Event organiser Nev Judd said the weekend will have a strong social aspect, but with a competitive element.
"Now one of the biggest cricket carnivals in Central Queensland, this event is also a must-do for the competing company employees and is the only event in the region that has 10 different companies to compete against each other in a social sporting weekend," he said.
"A lot of the team members don't get the time to play cricket and this is their annual fix and some companies will even plan shutdowns around us."
The Challenge will also promote a charity and this year it is Donatelife, raising awareness of organ donation.
"Over the past nine years, the BITS Cricket Club has helped raise over $36,000 for several charities as well as using the event as club fundraiser and promotion of cricket for the upcoming season," Judd said.