GPL Tweny20 players practise during a scratch match after signing on for the new season at Clinton Park on Sunday.
GPL Tweny20 players practise during a scratch match after signing on for the new season at Clinton Park on Sunday. contributed

Twenty-20 builds head of steam

IT'S full steam ahead for the Gladstone Premier League (GPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament that launches its 2010 season next weekend.

Gladstone Cricket has poured about $19,000 towards the expansion and renovation of the new-look competition.

With the competition's growth to incorporate 10 teams, eight sides put their names on paper at the weekend – including one team from Rockhampton – leaving only two spots left for interested parties.

According to tournament director Kym Foura, the new format and rules were “unanimously accepted by everyone” during Sunday's sign-on. A scratch match was also held to test the grounds at Clinton Park and Foura gave it a positive verdict.

“The wicket we played on (Sunday) would have challenged Yaralla for the best one in Gladstone,” he said.

Unlike last year, each team will play the others once (10 rounds) before a structured finals series.

Teams will play for a $1000 premiership prize, but batters also have the chance to pick up $100 with each swing if they can hit one of the nominated signs placed around the ovals.

“It's competitive, it's fun, and it's lucrative as well,” Foura said.

Besides new rules, the Luke Woof Memorial Trophy has been introduced and will be presented to the most outstanding all-rounder at the end of the season.

Foura urged anyone interested in joining the competition to visit www.gladstonepremierleague.com. Competition begins May 30.



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