Expanded cricket comp talk closing

BUNDABERG cricket club presidents have warned the window of opportunity to introduce a combined Fraser Coast competition is closing fast.

Talk of an eight-side inter-city competition between clubs in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough is yet to make it into the discussion room as the 2011 season dawns.

Brothers Cricket Club president Vince Haberman said action needed to be taken if the plan was to make it from the drawing board to the cricket pitch.

“If it’s going to happen we need to get the clubs and respective parties together very quickly and get the ball rolling,” he said.

Only three teams compete in Bundaberg’s division one competition, while Maryborough and Hervey Bay are expected to field five this season.

Bundaberg cricket pundits have long championed a merged competition, but have been met by reluctance by Fraser Coast clubs.

Haberman said the advantages of a merged competition were obvious and called for a meeting to be set up between representatives from Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast.

“It means increased travel times but it can only be good for the quality of cricket in the region,” he said.

Across The Waves Cricket Club president Noel Stitt echoed the calls for a meeting.

Stitt suggested a trial eight-week inter-city premier league competition between clubs in Bundaberg and on the Fraser Coast, in addition to the existing competitions.

“The Bundaberg clubs have formed a united front in support of a combined competition,” he said.

“If we had a trial round-robin clubs on the Fraser Coast could see how it goes and decide where to go from there.”

Stitt said the advantages of a combined competition were obvious.

“It would lift the level of cricket and help boost the sport on a local level,” he said.

“It’s a matter of speaking to the relevant parties in Maryborough and Hervey Bay to sure up all the details.”

The Bundaberg Cricket Association senior season is scheduled to begin next month.



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