Bundaberg cricket enthusiasts can expect a great season of entertainment with nominations opening for this year’s Aussie Bundy Big Bash season.
After another successful season, the Aussie Bundy Big Bash is back for 2020-21 with The Pies, Heat, Vikings and Taipans all primed to contest the title.
This year’s season will be a bit different and Bundaberg Cricket Association treasurer Shaun Rose said COVID guidelines would be followed to ensure safety.
“We’ve got a full COVID safe plan and we’ll be fully compliant,” Shaun said.
“There will be a few changes with QR codes and restrictions in standing and seating and socially distancing in the grandstands, and we’ll also be encouraging people to bring their own chairs.
“We’re fortunate that Salter Oval is a large oval and there’s plenty space to socially distance but we’ve really spent the time to work through everything step by step to ensure we comply with the new world.
“It’s been a disjointed six months but a lot of people are itching to get back to normal life.”
Shaun said nominations were already being submitted with some coming from further afield.
“There’s talk that a few players from Gladstone are looking at nominating and if we can continue to grow and expand the quality of competition it’ll make it more exciting for everyone,” he said.
It's proposed to start on 9 October with matches on Friday nights during October, November and early December before a break for Christmas.
Competition will then resume in January with finals in February.
Shaun said the community has rallied to support the Big Bash, which relies on local franchises.
“Nominations are now open with the auction taking place on 25 September,” Shaun said.
“This competition is impossible without Bill Moorhead, Dale from Takalvans, Bundaberg Betta Home Living, and George from Aussie Home Loans.
“Those guys really make a significant difference and they’re all really focused on trying to get a good outcome.”
George Farmer, franchisee at Aussie Home Loans, is a regular sponsor and said the return of Aussie Big Bundy Bash gives people something to look forward to.
“The community support our business, so we want to give back and support the local community too, particularly at times like this with coming out of COVID where things have been challenging for people,” George said.
“Having something where people can go outside, get some fresh air and have some fun while we’re at it, that’s got to be a good thing.”
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