TWENTY20 cricket makes its final appearance in Gympie this evening as Albert Park sets the scene for a tantalising battle between the Gympie Offroad Gold XI and the Gympie All Stars.
The game is to be played under lights and is promising all the trimmings of Twenty20 cricket, including live music to keep the crowd rocking in the stands.
Players from Gympie A-grade cricket’s four sides (Wests, Harlequins, Colts and Valleys) have been chosen to round out the All Stars outfit and will be led by Wests’ Neil McKean.
McKean was called up to lead the side into battle against the Gold after successfully guiding Wests to victory in the recently Gympie Twenty20 cricket competition.
“It should be an interesting game,” he said.
“We have a good mixed side and a lot of players are in form at the moment, so that should help.”
The All Stars are bolstered by Sunshine Coast Scorchers players Kaden Dickfos, Lewis Waugh and Josh Brady joining the team’s ranks.
McKean said Waugh and Brady had been in red hot form lately, and was hopeful they would continue turning up the heat in the middle.
With such a strong line-up of players for the All Stars, McKean admitted it would challenging knowing where to position his troops.
“Player placement is going to be difficult, but we will figure something out,” he said.
It’s a good problem to have for the side as the depth will help keep the Gold XI in check.
The Gold won the clash last year in the competition’s debut year, but the All Stars are hopeful of being able to level the score.
“They have been struggling a bit of late (in the Sunshine Coast competition), so we will try to exploit that,” McKean said.
Meanwhile, Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said as the last Twenty20 feature of the season, he hoped the Gympie public would turn out in force to show their support.
“A lot of organisation has gone into the game and hopefully it will be a real close battle,” he said.
There will be prizes for sixes caught by the crowd in addition to a man of the match award.
Novelty events for kids will also be on show with more exciting prizes on offer.
The game gets underway at Albert Park from 7pm and admission is free.
See The Gympie Times next week for the results from the match.