Rob Wright

Big week of cricket in Ballina

SIXTEEN teams will take part in the annual LJ Hooker Under-13 cricket carnival in Ballina this week.

Five days of competition starts today with Ballina playing Armidale in its first game at Fripp Oval this morning.

"Hopefully we'll have a bit of luck with the weather and won't have to make too many adjustments," carnival co-ordinator Colin Earl said.

"We can shorten the games and play some Twenty20 cricket if we have to," Earl said.

Ballina is the only local side in a pool with Armidale, Brisbane North and Hawkesbury.

Brisbane North finished runner-up last year with defending champion Bayside East Redlands returning.

Teams from Sydney and Brisbane are expected to be among the top performers.

"Some of these teams spend most of year playing against each other, but it's a good learning curve for our guys and they get to play on turf wickets," Earl said.

"I think there will be some very competitive games here this week," he said.

There will be four pools, with the top team in each advancing to the semi-finals.

The final will be played at Fripp Oval on Friday.

The carnival is also sponsored by Intersport and Ballina RSL Club.

Team dinners will be held at the RSL Club during the week.

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