Cricket T20 hits off new format
CRICKET: The Gladstone cricket local competition will hit off this weekend with a new competition format to reinvigorate senior cricket.
Yaralla Cricket Club senior cricket manager Matt Fairhall said the new structure would cater to all players and he hoped it would entice previous players to return.
"There has been a huge change to the competition and it's now a combined, seven- team one to stop playing against the same people every couple of weeks," Fairhall said.
"This will make it a more vibrant competition to keep it interesting and but the game in a good position to grow."
There is no Reserve or B Grade because all teams are now joined to help talented juniors coming through the playing ranks.
BITS Cricket Club and The Glen will still have its teams playing in the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge intercity competition.
Fairhall, who was Gladstone Cricket Incorporated Player of the Year last season, was keen to get the season started this weekend, weather permitting.
"The first seven rounds are T20 games and after that, go to a 40-over format and this way you play each team on three times," he said.
"Brendan Schluter as GCI president is to be commended for working towards this set-up to keep Gladstone cricket going.
"The other good thing about the finals is it will be split, with the top three playing off for Reserve grade and the next three for B grade to keep it a challenge for everyone."
Calliope Cricket Club president and coach Russell Williams said this season would be a good one for the club, with players numbers looking good.
"This will be a good season and look forward to it and the team has a few new faces in it," Williams said.
"If we can get our best 11 on the paddock, the team will go well and have a couple of wins.
"With players away due to shift work and and family, having the extra number we do helps out over the season."