This weekend will see a hive of activity at cricket grounds around the town with the start of the Townsville Cricket season. This season looks to be looming as one of the biggest seasons with an increase in teams across all clubs, and this year will see the youngest club in the competition Northern Beaches entering into the Reserve Grade Competition along with teams in both the 3rd grade and 4th grade competitions.
This years A grade competition will be a combination of 2 day format up to Xmas and 1 day fixtures after Xmas culminating in a final series in early April. Round 1 will see last years 2 day premiers West and 1 day premiers Suburban Parks going head to head at Mick Downey oval at Cutheringa, with both teams looking to start the season with a confidence building win.
Other games will see a rebuilding Brothers team taking on last years other finalist Saints, who will be looking to show they still are title contenders, at John McCulloch Oval whilst Norths will be looking to show this year they have what it takes to be in the running for a final spot when they take on Wanderers at Endeavour Park 1.
Players will be out to impress in the early rounds with the NQ Monsoon team to be selected to travel to Cairns to take on the other country regions in the Bulls Masters T20 Challenge in October.
Many clubs have seen an increase in players in both junior and senior registrations and cricket is looking to continue to grow in the region. The junior competition will commence in October following the school holidays.