TO counter the disappointment of many regional sporting fixtures being cancelled this year, Goondiwindi’s cricket clubs have devised a novel way to bring residents and businesses back to local sport in 2020.

Running over two Saturdays starting September 5, the inaugural Gundi BBL will be a colourful and competitive local version of the ever-popular KFC Big Bash League.

A silent auction was conducted in Goondiwindi, allowing local businesses to purchase naming rights to a team and be part of a players draft process.

Ten players from each of the district’s eight clubs were put forward for the draft. The draft resulted in four squads of 15 players.

September 5 will be a round robin fixture. Finals will be held the following Saturday, September 12. Games will be played at both the Goondiwindi Golf Club and the Barry McGregor Oval.

Event coordinator Scott Baker said organisers were excited by the support the event had received and were looking forward to an enjoyable day of social cricket with spectators.

“There seems to be quite a bit of community support and a lot of hype around it,” he said.

“We are hoping that having a COVID Safe Plan will give us the opportunity for the weekend to go ahead without any further restrictions.”

THE TEAMS

LOWES PETROLEUM “Lowes Sons of Pitch

BEST EMPLOYMENT “Best Trailblazers

FRASER VALUERS & DOONKAMI AUSTRLIAN WHITES “Fraser Razors

CARPENDALE COMMODITIES & KNIGHT COMMODITIES “Carpendale Knightriders

For more information, including team lists and fixtures, visit the Goondiwindi District Cricket Association’s Facebook page.

James Rohde – NAB, Scott Baker, Digby Makim – Fraser Valuers, Chris Groat – Knight Commodities & Carpendale Group, Nick Lahey, Scott Jackson, John Castle – Lowes Petroleum Service, Dom Pender and Rachel Pender Best Employment. PHOTO: BEC COVER

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