Get set for super 8s event
THE countdown is on to arguably one of the biggest sporting events on the Stanthorpe calendar.
The Super 8s cricket competition will be held this year on January 27.
Despite ongoing issues with field maintenance, the Stanthorpe Cricket Association is determined to battle through to ensure its only annual fundraiser isn't impacted.
For anyone who has been involved in previous years, the format will be familiar.
It will take place at Stanthorpe's McGlew St sporting complex with four fields designated for play.
Cricket secretary Peter Nimmo said the day was designed for non-cricketers and they were hoping for at least 12-14 teams.
"We thought maybe last year we had too many teams with 16 so maybe 12 would be better but it all depends with it being a long weekend,” he said.
"It'll be done in A, B and mixed gradings. The idea is to get the people who can't play out there... we don't want really good players facing people who have never ever played.
"There are seven overs per innings. Everybody has a bowl and everyone bats. If you score 32 you have to retire.”
So if you hit four quick sixes, you are forced to retire as a six equates to eight runs in the Super 8s.
"This year there will be a prize for the best dressed team too,” Nimmo said.
The event is now in its 13th year.
Nimmo said he believed the Big Bash served as a huge boost for cricket in Stanthorpe.
"If we don't have that fundraiser it makes everything tough for the year,” Stanthorpe Cricket Association president Luke Brady said.
Groups of eight players can nominate by phoning Brady on 0427177649.