Twenty20 history in Rocky?s sights

By AARON KELLY

ROCKHAMPTON is preparing to host Queensland's first official Twenty20 cricket match and the power-hitting version of the game looks here to stay.

Central Queensland cricket fans will get a chance to experience the latest revolutions in world cricket when the Suncorp Bulls Country Challenge hits the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on September 10 and 11.

The Bulls will play a one-day game and a Twenty20 match. Rockhampton Cricket Association chairman Graeme Brady said yesterday there were plans for the upcoming 2005-06 season to include a Twenty20 tournament, in addition to the Southern Star Sports Shield and Frenchville Sports Club day/ night competitions.

"We're open to whatever the players want and I think we've got to try it,'' Brady said.

The Bulls' one-day game will include the latest rule changes approved by the ICC and currently being used in the Ashes limited-over series between Australia and England.

Queensland Cricket chief executive Graham Dixon said the upcoming tour would be the first chance for the Bulls to test their theories of Twenty20 and the revised one-day game.

Players set to feature in the annual challenge include internationals Jimmy Maher, Andy Bichel and Shane Watson.



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