T20 surprise guest intrigue

January 11, 2018

Cricket Shepparton’s extended Twenty20 competition begins tonight.

Cricket Shepparton’s extended Twenty20 competition begins tonight.

Increasing from last year’s four rounds, the five-week regular season will have 10 teams split across two divisions — North Central and Western Shepparton.

After eight teams contested last year’s tournament, Northerners and Numurkah have joined the competition.

The Jets take on Karramomus at Vibert Reserve, the Blues travel to Katandra and Central Park-St Brendan’s has the bye in the North Central division.

Old Students plays Tatura at Kialla, Shepparton United hosts Kyabram at John Riordan Oval and Mooroopna has the bye in the Western Shepparton division.

Cricket Shepparton senior cricket director Michael Van Dorsser said there could be some big drawcards coming into the tournament from nearby competitions.

‘‘We’ve given the option to clubs to get two invitation players and some of them have gone ‘Why not? Let’s see what we can find’ — so it should be a good competition,’’ he said.

Some players will join a Cricket Shepparton side while still playing the longer form with their Murray Valley Cricket Association team on a Saturday.

Clubs should not have trouble fielding a side as playing the shortest form of the game always proves exciting and provides a break from routine.

‘‘I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds, everyone loves a good midweek competition to get out of the monotonous training,’’ Van Dorsser said.

The lower-grade also starts tonight in the first of its three regular round matches.

Pine Lodge hosts Northerners at Lemnos and Dookie meets Invergordon at Congupna in the Country division.

Karramomus plays Murchison at Vibert Reserve No.2 and Central Park plays Mooroopna at Central Park in the City division.

Tonight’s games in both competitions start at 5.30pm.

With its lights installed during last year’s football season, Mooroopna Recreation Reserve will host the A-grade and lower grade finals on Thursday, February 15.

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