Local 20/20 Cricket at it's best this weekend.
The annual start to the Cricket season begins this weekend with the Sims Metal Industries of Gladstone 20/20 Cricket Challenge being held at BITS. Now in its 9th year, the Industries Challenge has developed into a festival of social cricket with a full fixture of games as well as kids entertainment and mini markets for all to enjoy. Defending Industries Cup winners QAL will be hoping to defend their title however each year the cricket skills improve as competing companies strive to win. However with all the banter, it still if the only social sporting event in Gladstone that has eight of the regions largest Industrial sites competing against each other. The popularity of the event has grown over the nine years and next year there may even be room to expand to 10 teams with the new lights at BITS. With the winner being decided by the team that scores the most runs in their 20 overs there is bound to be some big hitting. Event Organiser Nev Judd said that the standard of cricket had gone up a couple of levels over the last few years as many Club cricketers started to join in. "Last year QAL beat BSL by 4 runs with 2 guys each smashing fast 100's from both teams which was fantastic to see" Judd told the Observer. This year's form guide is wide open although BSL could shed the brides maid tag with a formidable team already assembled. But don't discount QAL who have won 4 times or the likes of APLNG and QGC. " Unfortunately weather has played a part over the last couple of years but with no rain forecast it will be all about runs this year so hopefully the managers and workmates come out to cheer their teams on" said Judd The BITS Cricket Club hosts the weekend and hopes that locals and work mates come down to cheer on their teams. At the same time they can pop into the donatelife tent, who are the event charity benefactor and ask about organ donation awareness. Over the last 9 years the event has donated over $30k to different charities and this year they are encouraging people to seek out the donatelife tent and consider signing onto the organ donation registry. There is also the chance for one lucky big hitter to win in the ALS $600 in 60 Seconds Challenge on Sunday when they get the chance to try and hit 12 sixes in 1 minute. At $50 per six hit and the chance to better the likes of Andrew Symonds and Lee Carseldine who have been in the middle during previous 60 runs in 60 seconds challenge, it will be a big hits from the get go. With free entry and great weather predicted as well as the Locations Estate Agents Boyne Island v Tannum Sands 20/20 Saturday evening it will have something for all cricket fans. First game starts Saturday at 11am, food and drinks operating and entry is free. Saturday 16th 11am Orica v Santos GLNG 1230pm BSL vAPLNG 5:45pm Boyne Island v Tannum Sands Su