In­ter-city ri­vals face off again

The Chronicle - - SPORT - David Lems

Toowoomba teams will again bat­tle it out with Ip­swich op­po­nents as the Hard­ing-Madsen Shield re­turns in the up­com­ing cricket sea­son.

Toowoomba clubs Wests, along with Met­ro­pol­i­tan Easts, High­fields, Univer­sity and North­ern Brothers Dig­gers will take on Ip­swich ri­vals in the fledg­ling in­ter-city one-day com­pe­ti­tion to start the sea­son off from Oc­to­ber 7.

“Ev­ery­body en­joyed it,” Ip­swich and West More­ton Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Bruce Raleigh said of last year’s new for­mat be­tween the two cen­tres.

He said the off-sea­son changes with Ip­swich’s Eastern Taipans and Swifts merg­ing to form South-East Red­backs had pro­vided some ex­tra chal­lenges draft­ing a draw.

How­ever, IWMCA se­nior co-or­di­na­tor Eleesa Lewis said the one-day com­pe­ti­tion draw was pre­pared and ready to go.

“It’s a full round this year so ev­ery­one plays each other once,” she said. “There’s no pools or any­thing like that.

“I think it will be a lot bet­ter.”

The other main change is play­ing the se­ries un­der a 50-over for­mat, af­ter last year ex­per­i­ment­ing with a 45-over con­cept.

Lewis said the ad­just­ment fol­lowed an on­line sur­vey at the end of last sea­son.

“One of their big things was play­ing a full 50 overs . . . so we’ve changed that this year,” she said.

“Most of our com­ments were all pos­i­tive with what we’ve al­ready been do­ing.”

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