Cricket board decides on short format



Gladstone Cricket reserve grade sides will be spared the challenge of taking on their A grade counterparts, with the board deciding on the 16-week format option for the 2005-06 season.

The 16-week premiership will feature the five A grade teams (BITS, Brothers, Calliope, The Glen, Yaralla) playing four twoday games and eight one-day encounters when the season gets under way on October 1.

The alternate format also being considered for the upcoming season would have consisted of 20 weeks of competition with A grade teams taking on reserve grade outfits instead of having byes.

Although the complete season draw was to be finalised last night by Gladstone Cricket fixtures officer David Lewis, the opening round of the A grade season will feature a two-day encounter between BITS and Calliope at Calliope's Bunting Park.

Brothers and The Glen will meet in a 35-over match at Sun Valley Oval on October 1, with Yaralla having the bye, and The Glen and Yaralla meet under the same format on October 8 with Brothers sitting out the action.

Of the eight one-day matches, four will be played under the 35over format and four will be 50over clashes.



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