Tamworth first-grade cricket: TDCA president Ben Middlebrook stoked by Old Boys' response to new T20 comp

HYPE: Tamworth cricket president Ben Middlebrook is pumped about the restructured T20 comp.

HYPE: Tamworth cricket president Ben Middlebrook is pumped about the restructured T20 comp.

Tamworth cricket president Ben Middlebrook says the decision to revamp the Twenty20 competition has resulted in a host of prominent Old Boys players being lured back to the game’s shortest format.

Speaking only for Old Boys, his club, Middlebrook said the new-look comp – now a club-based format and not the longstanding franchise-based one – had attracted players such as Adam Lole, Abel Carney, Simon Norvill and Aaron Hazlewood back to Twenty20.

“I can only talk about my club’s point of view, but they’re all positive about it,” he said.

He added: “We’ve had a lot more interest [in Twenty20] from players within our own club … It’s a good, positive response from our club.”

The season’s opening two Twenty20 matches were washed out.

North Tamworth and City United were slated to meet under lights at No.1 Oval on Friday.

On the new format, Middlebrook previously said: “We’re trying to restructure it to see what we come up with and what works for us.”