Exciting rules for cricket series
COFFS Coast cricket fans will get their own version of the game’s big-ticket item when the KFC Twenty20 Cup begins tomorrow at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park’s No 1 field.
Sawtell will open the season at 5.30pm with the first match in defence of their title against Nana Glen.
Park Beach Bowling Club Colts (PBBC) president (and middle-order batsman) Neil Coogan said the success of the first series in 2009-10 had led to immediate expansion.
“Instead of the city-versus-country format, this time we’ve decided on a pool system,” he revealed.
“Four teams are in each pool and the top three at the end of the minor series will eventually make it into the semis, giving us more depth this time around.”
With plenty of players wanting a slice of the action, Diggers Ex-Services and PBBC Colts have each entered two squads, while the first ‘foreign’ invader will participate after the Easts club from Grafton decided to claim the vacant ticket in Pool B.
“Because of the KFC sponsorship of naming rights we can now provide $1000 to this summer’s winning club,” Coogan said.
“That’s beside the weekly prizes associated with the individual matches.”
Two signs have been set up adjacent to the field, catering for right- and left-handed batsmen.
First batsman hitting a sign on the full each match earns $50, with a $25 weekly jackpot.
Doubled bonus points will also be allocated for top-scoring shots sent down a designated ‘hit zone’.
“Send the ball past the bowler for a boundary and you get eight points instead of four,” Coogan said.
“And over the fence earns 12 runs, not to mention the extras for batting and bowling under-16 players.
“The bonus situation creates a whole new dimension and will create a huge amount of excitement when matches get close.
“A game can be won or lost on the last ball of the innings and if we get a few results like that in the early stages, I expect interest will go through the roof.”