Local Twenty20 competition on

ROCKHAMPTON'S cricket begins its version of the “Big Bash” this week with the playing of the local Twenty20 competition.

Following the Christmas break cricketers return to the playing fields in a big way as they play multiple games in this shortened type of cricket match.

The Twenty20 competition is separate from the Southern Star Sports Shield matches with clubs putting combined teams for first/ second grade and also for third/ fourth grade.

During the three weeks of round-robin matches teams will play Saturday and Sunday each week plus at least one day/ night match.

Some of the day/night games are scheduled for during the week making this an intense month of competition.

Finals in both of the combined grades are scheduled for day/ night games with the first/ second grade final on Saturday, January 23, while the third/ fourth grade final is the following night and again with a 6pm start.

Gracemere captain Michael Harth said his club would it as an opportunity to blood players from the Reserve grade.

“This is an opportunity for some of the young players to get noticed in a higher level of competition,” Harth said.

“We will play a mixture of Reserve and A-grade players.

“We have players ready to come into the A-grade squad and this competition will show us where they are at.”

Six teams have nominated for the first/ second grade competition with Frenchville naming a Falcons and a green Machine team, Brothers Southside, Norths Tigers and

Gracemere while Capricorn Coast will also have a team despite the demise of the club’s A-grade team earlier in the season.

In this grade Capricorn Coast will get proceedings moving with a match tomorrow night against Brothers.

Richie Pershouse, Brothers captain, said his club would also be using the Twenty20 competition as an opportunity for reserve players to experience facing cricketers from a higher level.

Results are picking up for Queensland Country, but the news is not all good for team captain Todd Wells.

After the narrow loss to Western Australia Country in their first Twenty20 game of the carnival, the Queensland boys collected the points in another close match when beating East Asia Pacific.

Wells scored 33 in that match, but was forced to use a runner mid-way through his innings due to a groin strain.

The strain sidelined Wells for the 50-over match against the ACT, which Queensland won, but he was in action again yesterday.

In that top-of-the-table clash with Northern Territory, Wells again was solid at his turn at bat scoring 46 runs, but forced to complete his innings by using the services of a runner as he aggravated the groin injury.

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