NEW STAFF: The Waves return as champions but will be missing a few players this season.
NEW STAFF: The Waves return as champions but will be missing a few players this season. Contributed - Vince Habermann

New season, more teams, new rules for Bundy cricket

CRICKET: As The Waves prepare to defend their Bundaberg division one title, they do so with plenty of change to the competition.

Saturday is the start of the new season, with the combined division one and two competition gone and replaced with separate divisions.

There is also no Sunday cricket, with all games at this stage to be held on Saturday with each team batting for 40 overs.

Finally there will be no two-dayers in the competition, with 40-over and 20-over competitions to be held during the year.

Bundaberg Cricket Association president Noel Stitt said it was all about maintaining consistency with the competition.

"The aim to have everything done on Saturday and everything the same," he said.

"So far it's been good."

This has been showed with four teams committing to division one, compared with just two last year.

The Waves and Brothers return and are joined by Norths and Past Highs who have made the step up.

"Norths nominated in the past ten days, so it has been good to seem them put a team in," Stitt said.

"I'll be interested to see how all the teams go."

In the other divisions they have also seen improvement with seven division two teams and five division three teams nominating for the competition.

Despite it being lower overall, with no division four this year, Stitt said the format makes it less confusing.

He said with juniors improving in numbers it would grow in future years.

"Our juniors are building but they will take four years to transition to seniors," he said.

"We've got a team from Maryborough competing in under-14s and five teams in under-16s."

"It's a good start."

With Maryborough involved in juniors, Stitt said they didn't ask Fraser Coast to be involved in division one this year.

"Not this year for us," he said.

"They have four teams as well so there is a possibility to do it next year."

Division one promises to be interesting.

With Brothers and The Waves losing plenty of players, they will be relying on juniors this season.

"The Waves have four players back from their premiership success," Stitt said.

"Brothers are in the same boat, so Norths and Past Highs will be right in it."

In round one, The Waves will face Past Highs and Norths play Brothers.

All matches will be held at Kendalls Flat at 12.30pm.

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