Players all batting up

THIS weekend will be a massive few days of cricket in and around Rockhampton.

Not only are the Twenty20 Finals on at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground, 1st/2nd grade on Saturday and 3rd/4th Sunday evening, but it’s also the popular Rocky Cricket Country Carnival.

Organiser, Bevan Crozier, is aware that everything has been done and now all he can do is hope for good weather.

“This year we have 58 teams nominated and that is up from 51 last year,” he observed.

As in previous years numerous venues will be in use with different grades of competition for teams on both concrete and turf wickets.

First grade turf sees the reigning champion Moranbah returning for another chance at glory.

Not that a repeat win will be handed to Moranbah on a plate as there are a number of good first grade teams out to stop them.

Calliope Colts and Colts Biloela should be competitive while Rockhampton’s own Green Machine won’t be there just for the opportunity of making up the numbers.

In all there are seven grades of competition held on turf with venues varying from Rockhampton Cricket Ground to Yeppoon.

There are also seven grades on concrete with the 2009 first grade champion, Poddys XI, set for another victory.

Crozier said the Poddy’s side is made up of members from Gracemere’s McDonald family and will be looking to defend their crown on home concrete.

Sometimes with the Country Carnival it is unclear whether team’s spend more time practising their cricket or choosing a name.

In the midst of the action are such grand sounding teams as the Marlborough Maggots, Scurvy Dogs XI, Wii Not Fit, Masked Booby Bandits and the Mighty Ducks while others could cause a reporter a major problem should there be the slightest of typing errors.

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