Gracemere’s Aaron Harmsworth gets ready for the upcoming Twenty20 season.
Gracemere’s Aaron Harmsworth gets ready for the upcoming Twenty20 season. Allan Reinikka

Slugger out for fun in Twenty20

BIG-hitting batsman Aaron Harmsworth has sworn it's all for fun as he prepares to play in the Rockhampton Cricket Twenty20 competition.

The Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 competition returns in January with Harmsworth playing for his Gracemere club side.

The experienced local cricketer said his Gracemere side had a few new recruits.

"We are trying to put through a fair few young players, giving them a bit of experience playing in the A-grade competition," Harmsworth said.

"Shane Scott is playing for us and he is a handy cricketer who has not played for a couple of years, so it will be interesting to see how he goes."

The Gracemere side is focusing on the development of their younger players.

"We are not too focused on winning, we are just focusing on giving these guys the opportunity, but we will go all right," Harmsworth said. The three-week series will host some of Rockhampton's strongest cricket sides, as well as corporate teams.

"Frenchville without a doubt will be our biggest contenders, but Brothers also have some pretty big hitters," Harmsworth said.

"Anyone can win the Twenty20 series; it all just depends on who performs best on the day."

Harmswoth said he enjoyed playing the "Big Bash" version of the game after the Christmas break.

"They are good because they are a little bit different, you get in, have a hit, have a bowl and then have a beer," he said.

Before the season starts the well-known North Rockhampton State High school teacher is set to spend a relaxing Christmas with family and friends.

"We might have a hit on Boxing Day or maybe even on Chrissie, just depends on what the weather is like," Harmsworth said.

This year's heat may be the only thing standing in the way of the annual Harmsworth family's backyard cricket season.

"You get really keen to go out and have a hit then you feel the heat outside, and straight away resort back to the couch," Harmswoth said.

He said this Christmas looked to be strictly spent in the cool air-conditioning watching the Aussies take on India in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Eighteen teams are set to pad up across premier, second and corporate divisions, in local action as part of round one of the Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 competition, beginning on January 7.

Round One

Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 Competition:

Sat, Jan 7: (Premier Div) Frenchville v Norths (9am), Gracemere v Brothers (9am), Frenchville v Gracemere (1pm

Sun, Jan 8: (Second Div) Frenchville v Cap Coast (10am), Brothers v Gracemere Yellow (10am), Gracemere Green v Norths (10am), Frenchville v Gracemere Green (2pm), Brothers v Cap Coast (2pm), Norths v Gracemere Yellow (2pm); (Corporate Div) Grammar v Stanwell (10am), Hospital v Hawks (10am), Hastings Deering v Back on Track Eagles (10am), Stanwell v Hospital (2pm), Hawks v Hastings Deering (2pm), Grammar v Back on Track Eagles (2pm).



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