TWENTY20 cricket will make a welcome return to the Clarence on Sunday when a Mayoral XI side take on a President's XI led by Shaun Ulrick
Some of the best cricketers in the Valley will be on show as part of a gala day to celebrate the completion of the new sporting complex at Ellem Oval.
Ulrick, who has taken over the reins as president of the CRCA this year, is confident his side can prevail on the day.
"I think we'll win easily to be honest," Ulrick admitted.
"We look too strong on paper overall with the likes of (Brad) Inmon and (Andrew) Lancaster at the top of the order.
"Also we have a fairly potent bowling attack in (Matt) Lobsey, (Rohan) Hackett and (Ryan) Lynch."
Ulrick, who opens the batting for his club side Westlawn said he was looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson.
Williamson is no mug when it comes to donning the whites although according to Ulrick the former Coutts Crossing batsmen and wicketkeeper may be a no-show. "I think Richie has picked half the Harwood side but as far as him taking the field I suspect he'll be watching from the sideline," Ulrick said.
"He's probably a bit reluctant to face our bowling trio of Lobsey, Hackett and Lynch.
"I did play against Richie in juniors a long time ago and he was best described as a batsman who also kept wickets."
According to Ulrick it is the first time a game between a Mayor's XI and a President's XI has been played. "I think it's a first. I know they used to play a President's v Secretaries game on Jacaranda Thursday," he said.
The official opening of the new pavilion will take place on Friday with the first ball of the Twenty20 clash set to be delivered at 12.30pm on Sunday.
"The pavilion looks great," Ulrick said. "I've had a look in side and it's fantastic.
"I'll probably be opening the batting so I'll most likely get out early and enjoy what the pavilion has to offer."
When asked if he would be leading his side out onto the field, Mayor Williamson was quick to set the record straight.
"It's a first grade side and I'm not a first grader," he said.
"We have the right mix and experience to roll the President's eleven and we also have a very astute captain in Tim McMahon.
"And if Shaun does open the batting I expect he will have plenty of time to check out the inside of the new pavilion."
Shaun Ulrick (c)
Tim McMahon (c)