Quirindi into the swing of things

QUIRINDI will light up this weekend as eight teams swing the willow to win the Big Bash Super 8s tournament.

The annual tournament promises to be action-packed with plenty of boundaries and sixes, as each team has only eight players.

Quirindi Cricket president Brendon Jones said the games guarantee excitement for both players and spectators.

There will be 14 overs in each innings with every player except the keeper bowling two overs each.

Bowlers are also restricted to only a two-step run-up to keep the games fast and fair.

“There are no fielding restrictions either so everyone tends to be on the boundary with the batsmen swinging at every ball,” Jones said.

“We always get some big shots and big misses.

“It is a great weekend of fun.”

Two of the eight sides are coming in from Werris Creek, with the other six made up of local cricketers and part timers.

Jones said the teams fill up pretty quickly every year it is run.

The Super 8s have been going for well over ten years although the last two years have been washed out.

Despite missing out on the cricket, a lot of the players would probably take a good fall of rain instead.

Each team is guaranteed four games, three today and one tomorrow before the finals start.

The semi-final and grand final will be played tomorrow, with the winning side walking away with $500.

First ball will be bowled at 9am today and tomorrow morning at Quirindi’s No 1 and 2 Ovals.

“They are arguably the best grounds in the north west and this could be the best cricket as well,” Jones said.

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