Jason Hughes from the Maclean Bowling Club cricket team plays keeper for Matt Audrey from Maclean United at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean. Both will take part in a six-a-side competition today.
Jason Hughes from the Maclean Bowling Club cricket team plays keeper for Matt Audrey from Maclean United at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean. Both will take part in a six-a-side competition today.

Six-a-side comp hits off

CRICKET: Event co-organiser Mark Horton says fans can expect ‘big hits and a very fast match’ when the annual Lower Clarence Six-a-side Cricket Competition hits off today.

In a format that makes twenty20 cricket look like a dull test match, the five overs-a-side event will consist of 16 teams taking part in 45-minute contests from 1pm to 7pm at Wherrett Park.

That means action should be fast and furious, and fun for the spectators.

Teams, including Horton’s Maclean Bowling Club, will be drawn into four pools before a series of knockout matches to decide the overall champion.

With players from all grades of cricket competing – and teams from far and wide – Horton says it will be a fun day for both participants and fans.

“It’s a big thing on the cricket calendar in Maclean,” he said.

“It’s a chance for the first, second and third grade players to all be involved together on the same day.

“People can expect a lot of big hits and a very fast match.”

In an ominous sign for bowlers, batsmen can score 10 runs for each successful strike which lands between the marked areas placed on the field.

After around a decade of operation, Horton says the event’s simple code to success has finally been cracked.

“The key to it is fitness and having a few good batters and a few good bowlers,” he said.

“But it’s more the enjoyment of the day.”

A typical winning score can range from 60 to 120. Play starts at Wherrett Park, Maclean at 1pm.

A trophy and prize presentation will be made after the tournament to recognise the best batsman and bowler – if there is one – as well as the overall winners.

FAST FACTS

  •  Six players-a-side
  •  Five overs-a-side
  •  16 teams
  •  45 minute matches
  •  Four pools of four teams
  •  Players from all grades
  •  Batsmen can hit ‘10’
  •  Play runs from 1pm to 7pm
  •  Average winning score is between 60 and 120


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