Season to start with seven-a-side

A NEW cricket season in Gympie begins with the traditional seven-a-side competition next month.

The competition will take place at the One Mile Ovals on Sunday, September 12 and is supported Cooloola Civil Constructions, The Gympie Times and Melco-Lanhams.

The day is not just for seasoned players, with cricketers of all abilities welcome to come along and have a bash.

Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said nominations were needed.

“We only have a few team nominations at this point, so we are asking anyone interested to sign up now,” he said.

Nominated teams will be graded into four divisions (A, B C, and D) and will have the chance to play for a share of a large prize pool.

To nominate, interested players can collect a form from Cooloola Civil Constructions, Woodrow’s Handcraft Mary Street, Sportspower or Melco Lanhams.

Alternatively, nominations can be made by contacting Bob Blackburn on 5483 6296 or Scott McIntosh on 5482 8198.

Completed nomination forms with an entry fee of $70 per team ($10 per player) are to be returned to Bob Blackburn or posted to PO Box 101 Gympie by no later than September 5.

Blackburn said he hoped for a full field of teams for each of the four divisions to make for a competitive day of cricket.

In particular, the Gympie Cricket Association president was hopeful of attracting new players to the game.

“It’s a fun way to start the season and hopefully there are some new players out there who might give it a go and decide to be involved for our season,” he said.

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