TAMWORTH District Cricket Association is hosting its very own Big Bash cricket tournament this weekend.
Big hitting and exciting games are promised from an even shorter form of the game, Tamworth president Richard Bullock said.
He said teams would be eight-a-side with only seven overs in each innings and every player bowling an over except for the wicketkeeper.
To make sure that the ball finds the willow, LBWs have been taken out of the equation, so spectators can expect to see batsmen stepping across the line with big swings from ball one.
Five of the six TDCA clubs – South, Bective, City United, Old Boys, and North – have all entered a team each in both divisions.
The competition has been effectively split into first and second grade players in division one, and third and fourth grade players in division two, both playing every other side in a round robin, with semi-finals and finals played on Sunday afternoon.
Bullock said it was a great opportunity to get the season started on the right foot for all teams and an opportunity for the clubs to make some money before the season starts.
“Entry for each team is $250 and winner takes all in both divisions,” Bullock said.
The final will finish early on Sunday afternoon with an informal function set to take place in the newly-named Ian ‘Butch’ Southwell Cricket House.
The home of Tamworth cricket has recently had a makeover, with all new kitchen and bar facilities, paintwork and other works now complete.
A projector and big screen has been installed, with players and supporters invited to stay around after the final to watch the NRL Grand Final on the big screen and enjoy a few drinks and a BBQ together.
The games will all be played at Riverside 1 and 2 grounds, with a full canteen and BBQ available.
Meanwhile Scots College continued its Northern Inland tour in Tamworth yesterday with Twenty20 games against the Tamworth Under 14 and 15 representative sides at Max Sutton Oval.
Scots College played the Tamworth 15s in the morning and 14s yesterday afternoon before heading to Armidale where it has games against TAS today and tomorrow and then a 50 over-a-side game against Armidale’s Walter Taylor Shield side on Friday at Lambert Park.
Yesterday, Scots College won the morning T20 game against the Tamworth Unde 15s by nine wickets.
After restricting Tamworth to 7-76, Scots College made 1-77 on the back of good knocks from Harry Crawford (30) and Liam Michael (27).
Coby Cornish (1-1) was the lone wicket-taker for Tamworth after he had also topscored with 23.
Jye Paterson (20) was the only other batsman to reach double figures against the Year 8 Scots College.
Scots College tour manager Brett Cranfield hopes to make it an annual tour for the Year 8 cricket side.
“It’s the first time we’ve done this with this age group,” Cranfield said.
“We have seven games in five days so it’s a bit of cricket. Not only about developing their cricket but also showing them a bit of the country as well.”