Tamworth and Quirindi share hosting duties

Veteran Champs: Chris Crowell will pad up for a Tamworth side.

Veteran Champs: Chris Crowell will pad up for a Tamworth side.

TAMWORTH is padding up to take on the best veteran cricketers from all over NSW as the State Championships begin again on Sunday.

The competition has grown from just four teams three years ago to an impressive 17 this year, with Tamworth fielding three sides.

With Tamworth short No 1 Oval and Riverside 3 at the moment the veterans will also get to see some of the districts countryside with two games a day played in Quirindi, who will also be fielding a very competitive side.

Inaugural secretary Mike Cashman can’t believe how much the carnival has grown since it’s inception.

“There will be over 300 cricketers here and it goes all week,” Cashman said.

The players will hold a meet and greet at Wests on Saturday afternoon, before the opening ceremony at Cricket House on Sunday morning followed by the first round of matches.

The carnival will wrap up with the final to be played on Thursday.

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