Norths join A-Grade cricket comp

A NEW era has dawned for the Bundaberg Cricket Association with the addition of Norths to the A-grade line-up and the birth of an inter-city competition.

Bundaberg Cricket Association president Les Bennett said the developments, announced earlier this week, were the start of a new chapter for the sport.

“We’re moving forward as committee and as a sport in the hope of improving the competition for the benefit of players and supporters,” he said.

The re-emergence of former division one heavyweights Norths has forced a rethink of the inaugural inter-city competition, which will now be played over nine consecutive weeks between teams from Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

Bennett said the new competition had been an organisational triumph for the BCA, with committee member Noel Stitt working around the clock to ensure the plans made their way on to the cricket pitch.

“It’s been quite an effort to get it off the ground, but I think the rewards will become pretty apparent when it gets underway,” he said.

Bennett said many would be watching the inter-city competition closely, eager to see how teams from the three cities stacked up against each other.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see the strength of these southern teams and see exactly how Bundaberg fares as a cricketing region,” he said.

“Hopefully we will have an even competition that will bring out the best in our players and attract a few new faces to the game.”

The inter-city competition gets underway on October 9.

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