Wests won the Robertson Brothers Shield last year and hope to defend their title this season.
Wests won the Robertson Brothers Shield last year and hope to defend their title this season. Contributed

Wests sets out to defend victory

GYMPIE Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn is back at the helm of another season and is looking forward to the first ball being bowled today.

The new cricket season is being launched with a Twenty20 competition for all competitive grades.

While A Grade battles it out for the Robertson Brothers Shield, last season won by Wests, Reserve Grade’s Valleys seek to defend their Blackburn Family Shield.

For the first time, a shield is being arranged for C Grade this season.

Blackburn said the competition, although an excellent way to kick off the season, was not a stand- alone event.

“The points accrued from this competition will also count for the overall premiership,” he said.

“It’s an excellent way for teams to get a jump start before we start the two day and one day fixtures.”

In A Grade action today, Harlequins and Wests play on Albert Park 1 while Colts and Valleys grace Albert Park 2.

The One Mile Ovals will be the setting for Reserve Grade. Harlequins and Wests play on Kozminsky while Colts and Valleys play on Jack Ison.

C Grade players will also dust off the cricket gear and get swinging with Wests and Colts playing on Gabba Grass 1 and Tin Can Bay and Valleys on Gabba Grass 2. Harlequins have the bye.

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