Australia Day 20/20 to be a hit
GOING up against his normal team, Shane Hooper thinks his team of friends and family, the Marbuck’s XI, should “go alright” in this weekend’s Warwick Australia Day Cricket Carnival.
Hooper, who works for Warwick Police, jokingly said the force’s team (Hugh’s XI) would be his biggest rivals.
He and a group of his friends and family try and take part in the carnival most years.
“It’s a fun, family-orientated day,” he said.
“We go alright. We won a couple of games last year, but lost one – we got pretty close.
“It would be good to win this year, but we play for the fun of it.”
All 30 teams will be pooled in groups of three at each venue on the first day.
Each team will play the other two teams and have a bye on the Saturday. Games start times at 8.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm on the Saturday.
Teams that win two games will progress to the finals on the Sunday, plus the next-best team on net run rate if there is an odd number of qualifiers.
All teams which fail to qualify will play in the Best of the Rest round from 8.30am Sunday.
Finals games will start 11.30am Sunday.
All the games will be 20/20 games. Games will stop once a result is achieved on the first day, but on Sunday games will be played out in both innings.
There is a maximum of four overs per bowler. Two fielders will be allowed outside the circle in the first six overs and a maximum of five fielders outside the circle after six overs.
There will be a free hit on the next legal delivery after a front-foot no-ball only. (Captain may change field for this ball) and any ball passing over shoulder height is a no-ball.