Rocky hospital team bowling for sixth corporate T20 comp
THE Frenchville Sports Club Corporate T20 Cricket competition pads up on Sunday for its sixth season.
And Geoff Connor and his team from Rocky Hospital have played in all of them, winning the inaugural competition in 2010 and taking home the shield the last two seasons.
"So we are looking for three in a row," the Hospital captain Connor said.
The Hospital team sums up the spirit of the competition, consisting of doctors, nurses, wardsmen, technicians, even a delivery driver.
The brain child of Todd Wells, the competition provides serious, but social cricket for players who can't commit to a full season.
"There are lots of cricket players who work and have family commitments and just can't play a full cricket season," Wells said.
"This five-week competition on a Sunday at Kalka Shades provides them the opportunity to play some quality cricket. It's a great balance. It's good fun but also serious cricket. And players enjoy the social side as well."
Each of the 12 teams play two games on a Sunday, the first at 9am and the second at 1pm. And it ties in nicely with the big boys in The Big Bash League.
"We have timed it so it's coincides with the BBL," Well said.
"The Frenchville Sports Club has been behind the competition since we began, their support has been fantastic."
Connor says his extended squad of 20 players means everyone gets plenty of cricket, depending on availability.
"We rotate our players, depending on the availability, because most of us are shift workers."
And the Hospital team has a couple of guns.
"Glen Evans has played all five seasons for us," Connor said.
"He is a specialist all-rounder; a quality batsman, superb fielder and express bowler.
"And Darryl Jenkins is seeing the ball like a watermelon, despite pushing 60. But Ian Hotham is due a big score. He is coming off a pair."
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