AUSTRALIA DAY TRADITION: Mick Silvester, Aaron Barrett and Jason Batchelor are geared up for the Double Wicket Cricket game.
AUSTRALIA DAY TRADITION: Mick Silvester, Aaron Barrett and Jason Batchelor are geared up for the Double Wicket Cricket game. Paul Braven

Australia Day cricket tradition moves from backyard to club

THE Australia Day tradition of backyard cricket will come to the fore at Yaralla Cricket Club.

President Mick Silvester said the Double Wicket Cricket fun competition was limited to 16 teams at $40 per team of two.

He added the day will include a BBQ lunch with prizes and other unique competitions such as crab races.

It is unique form of cricket based on an elimination format.

"The teams are of two people so obviously the aim is to get 16 teams and 32 players," Silvester said.

"Each team faces four overs and it doesn't matter how many balls a batsmen faces. And the aim is obviously to get as many runs as you can and normal cricket rules apply except there is no leg before wicket."

The club did not host the event last year because of modifications being done at the oval.

The entertaining concept of 'fast-food' cricket was developed by Michael Courtney and Alan Bianchi.

"It's pretty much like the Australian Open tennis format where if a team loses, then they are out of the competition and the last two teams play off in the grand final," Silvestor said.

Bianchi said this form of the game has been a club tradition on Australia Day.

"I was the president and Michael Courtney was the A-grade captain back in the early 90s and the Double Wicket Cricket concept has been synonymous with the Yaralla Cricket Club since the early 90s," Bianchi said.

Last year's Double Wicket Cricket winners were Yaralla young guns Waqar Yunus and Nabeel Yunus.

The talented cricketers will again feature in an attempt for successive Australia Day honours.

 

THE GAME

  • Two players per team
  • No leg before wicket
  • Otherwise normal cricket rules. $300 1st prize
  • Losing team is eliminated
  • Games start from 9am, Tuesday January 26
  • Team nominations $40 by 8.15am on the day
  • More details contact Mick Silvester on 0413286100


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