Cricket with a difference
TOMORROW the four grounds at Wherrett Park in Maclean should rattle to the sound of leather on willow as teams from the Lower Clarence take part in the annual Clarence River Fishermens Co-op Sixes cricket tournament.
Starting at 1pm, 23 matches are scheduled leading to the final at 6pm.
The carnival celebrates the contribution the Clarence River Fishermens Co-op makes to Lower Clarence cricket.
The format has changed a little from the previous tourna- ments to enable more sides to take part and guarantee at least two matches for each team.
The champion side will need to play five matches during the afternoon.
At the last tournament 990 runs were scored and 33 wickets fell, including 26 sixes and six 'tens' ? sixes hit between long on and long off ? during 11 matches.
LCCA president Kevin Styles said: "The format is relatively new for our cricketers, but is well tried and popular else- where.
"Basically, each side consists of six players on the field, with five having to bowl one over each. Batters must retire at 30, but are able to return if all the other batsmen are dismissed.
"The catch is, there are only four fielders apart from the bowler and keeper, and the bowlers' run-ups are restricted to a maximum of 10m.
"Each match lasts about 45 minutes, and the aim is some batting mayhem with shortened boundaries and as many sixes scored as possible."
The tournament is in a knockout format with consolation prizes for teams failing to get through, and some specials for the number of sixes scored.
"It takes a little time to get used to the style of play, but the aim is to see some good hitting and have a lot of fun," Styles said.
"Last year, the Wanderers side successfully defended their title.
"The Clarence River Fishermens Co-op continues to be a great supporter of cricket in the lower valley. The Sixes is an opportunity to recognise this, at least in part."
The tournament is organised into four pools, with four sides in each.
The teams in each pool were drawn and the grounds for each pool were drawn.
Should wet weather intervene pool B based at Barry Watts Oval will relocate to Ilarwill, with the final being played at Wherrett Park 3.
The winner of each pool will play in a semi final at 5pm, with the final at 6pm on Barry Watts Oval.