Cricket fever heats up

Charleville’s cricket is not slow­ing down as mid-sea­son ap­proaches

Western Times - - SPORT - Jorja McDonnell [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

CRICKET: An un­matched pas­sion for cricket in Charleville has borne three so­cial teams, a rep team, and stacked sides in every ju­nior age group for the 2018/19 sea­son and, so far, the game has been thriv­ing de­spite the in­tense sum­mer heat.

Most of the kids have just fin­ished up for the year ahead of the Christ­mas break and the com­ing week­end will mark the mid-sea­son for the dis­trict so­cial tour­na­ment, where six of the seven teams will face off across the re­gion.

On Satur­day, Tambo and Rail­ways are booked to face off in Tambo, while Com­mer­cials and Quilpie will be play­ing in Charleville and Mor­ven will have a home game against Cunnamulla.

But that’s not it for the sum­mer sport, with Charleville kick­ing off its rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­pe­ti­tion soon.

Next week­end the rep side will be trav­el­ling to St Ge­orge for the first of their South West dis­trict games, and a new shield will be up for grabs in the un­der 12s league.

A Charleville ver­sus Au­gathella T20 show­down will be played at the show­grounds on De­cem­ber 14, for the in­au­gu­ral Blue Light Shield.

Both sides have a full line-up of kids ready to play, with the game dou­bling as an end-of-school-year cel­e­bra­tion for the ju­niors.

Look­ing for­ward into the new year, cricket starts up again on Jan­uary 12 with rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket.

Charleville will be play­ing Roma, with the ri­vals trav­el­ling to meet the lo­cal team at the show­grounds.

In the so­cial rounds, play will start up on Jan­uary 19, and then play­ers will en­joy an Aus­tralia Day bye.

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

NEARLY THERE: The lead-up to Christ­mas break is on for lo­cal cricket, with ju­niors, dis­trict and so­cial com­pe­ti­tions all wrap­ping up for the mid-sea­son.

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