One-day battles hotting up
CRICKET: The heat is on, and it’s not just the bushfires or the weather.
Week two of the LJ Hooker League’s one-day games continue this weekend with the points gained from the games counted in a separate one-day competition in addition to the overall competition.
With the title of top one-day team up for grabs, competition is getting hot, with teams clambering for the seven points gained from each win.
LJ Hooker League chairman David Hutchinson said the changes addressed complaints from last year about stronger teams playing weaker teams in the one-day games and missing out on the big points.
“We just can’t fit in enough games in that period of time,” he said.
“There’s no perfect solution unless we extend the cricket season to 30 weeks, which means the finals would be played in April or May.”
Instead, the teams playing in one-day games this season will be played in two-day games next season to even it all out.
While one-day points count towards the overall LJ Hooker League trophy, Hutchinson said the separate one-day title would encourage teams to continue playing hard throughout the season.
“It gives more teams an incentive to play hard in the one-day games,” he said.
“This gives another opportunity to teams who do well in the one-day games.”
But scorching play aside, Hutchinson had some solid advice for those going to do battle on the paddocks this weekend.
“I reckon everyone who plays cricket this weekend needs to drink several thousand litres of water,” he laughed.
This weekend, Marist Brothers take on Pottsville at Nesbitt Oval, league leaders Cudgen play Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Lismore Workers challenge South Tweed Colts at Nielson Park and Alstonville battle Byron-Brunswick at Hill Park Oval, and Murwillumbah will play Casino at Rabjones Oval, Ballina take on Tintenbar-East Ballina at Fripp Oval, and Terranora Lakes are up against Southern Districts at Bilambil Oval.