TAMWORTH cricketers are ready to hit out.
The season blasts into action this weekend with the inaugural Big Bash.
The two-day tournament will be played under a shortened seven-over a side format and features five of the six Tamworth clubs.
West Tamworth is the notable admission. The club couldn’t get the numbers together, president Anthony Crompton said.
It’s not ideal a week out from the start of the competition but Crompton is confident they’ll be able to field three sides next weekend (fourth grade doesn’t play the first weekend).
Part of the problem this weekend is that a few of their senior guys have other commitments.
“The numbers are there. We just need to see more players at training,” Crompton said.
After starting off with about 35 their first session, they’ve only had about 15 turning up since.
He’d love to see a few more faces at training. A few more players would be handy too.
“We’re openly seeking anyone who wants to play,” Crompton said.
Anyone interested can contact him on 0417 650699 or come along to training at Riverside 1 on Thursdays (from 4.30pm).
West’s non-participation leaves Bective-East, City United, North Tamworth, Old Boys and South Tamworth to battle it out.
For most, it will be their first
The competition will be split into two divisions, with first and second grade effectively forming division one and third and fourth grade division two.
South will have teams in both and, while he won’t be playing, new skipper Nick Leyden supported the idea of the tournament.
“It’s a good concept,” he said.
And should be a good launch into the season.
They will also be missing Country keeper Tom Groth but will still have a pretty handy core with the likes of Col Smyth, Angus McNeill, James Psarakis and Josh Crowe.
They’ll also figure heavily over the season.
“We’ve kept a pretty good nucleus,” Leyden said.
They have lost the talents of Riley Ayre, who was this week named in the NSW U19s side, but have picked up Narrabri teenager Jake Brayshaw.
He’ll be handy with his left-arm chinamens.
Rules this weekend have been established to encourage big hitting with no LBW’s, only eight players on the field and every player, bar the wicketkeeper, bowling an over.
Games will be played at Riverside 1 and 2 with the final tomorrow afternoon.