Maryborough's seven-a-side on
THE SWILL Hill Grunters, G-Bangers and Gunners will all have something in common this weekend.
They will be just three of the teams hoping to be a big hit during the annual Maryborough Cricket Club seven-a-side tournament at Newtown Oval.
Eighteen teams will be out to have a smashing time during the two-day tournament which will have $1600 in prize money up for grabs for the players.
Spectators can also cash in their cricketing ability – any catch taken in the crowd is worth $20.
The tournament will be contested in two divisions – competitive and social.
Six teams, including the defending champions, Tinana Hockey Club, will battle it out in the competitive division, a division which features plenty of players who usually ply their trade in the Fraser Coast Cricket A-grade competition.
There are no games in the A grade competition this weekend due to the long-weekend.
Tinana Hockey Club beat the G-Bangers by five runs in the final 12 months ago.
Each team bats for six overs.
Maryborough Cricket Club manager Andrew Burgess said there was no doubt the tournament was growing in popularity with each passing year.
“This will be my fifth year here and we just keep getting more and more teams wanting to play in it,” Burgess said.
“Why wouldn’t they want to have a go?
“It has something for everyone – the chance to hit sixes galore, send the stumps flying and plenty of opportunities to shine in the field.
“What more could you want?
“This year we could have had 22 teams play but unfortunately we just couldn’t accommodate them all as much as we would have loved to.
“We only have three playing fields and we didn’t want to risk spoiling the experience for those in it by cramming as many teams as we could in.
“I can tell you that we’re set and ready for a big-hitting weekend.”
Play starts at 9am today and tomorrow.