Coast cricketers chance to shine
BREAKING: FRASER Coast cricketers will get a chance to play with and against current Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat players as part of a groundbreaking new competition.
Designed to give country cricketers the opportunity to press for state selection, the Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge will feature seven regional teams, including a Wide Bay side, as well as an eighth team from Papua New Guinea.
Former Wide Bay representative and Past Grammars player, Paul Sanders, said he was excited by the concept.
"Anything that generates more interest into the local competition and give country cricket an opportunity to play with players of that calibre can only be a good thing," he said.
Wide Bay, which will be known as the Flames, will face off against Southern Conference rivals Darling Downs Suns, South East Queensland Stormers and Papua New Guinea Hebou Barramundis in a round robin tournament at Bundaberg's Salter Oval on September 29 and 30.
The winner of the competition will play the Northern Conference champions at the Gabba as the curtain raiser to the Brisbane Heat's T20 Big Bash league clash with Perth Scorchers on December 18.
The state selectors will also pick a team to play as the Country Inferno in the T20 Challenge against three selection sides made up of the cream of the crop from the Brisbane Premier Grade competition.
The Bulls Masters will supply a player to each team, who will also act as a coach and mentor. Each side will also receive an injection of modern day talent with Queensland Cricket offering the services of eight currently contracted players from the Queensland Bulls or Brisbane Heat squads.