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Cricketers to descend on Bundaberg for veterans cricket

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Club president Kev Pratt and secretary/treasurer Mike McLellan at the Bundaberg Junior Cricket grounds.

The 21st Bundaberg Veterans Cricket May Day Carnival will be on again this May Day long weekend, with a number of teams travelling from across the country to compete.

Coming from as far as Keilor in Victoria, the teams are all chasing the prestigious trophy, with Waterford once again returning to defend their title.

From the funds raised from hosting the carnival, the Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club donate back to Bundaberg Junior Cricket to help support juniors in the sport.

Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Secretary and Treasurer Mike McClennan said the event would attract eleven teams from across the country for a fun weekend of cricket.

“This is our twenty first year of hosting the carnival and we have eleven teams coming from around Australia for the carnival.

“One is from Kelior in Victoria and this is their second carnival with us who heard of it by word of mouth and decided to head up for the event.

“We have a team from Mackay and a couple of Brisbane teams, Waterford, Loganholme.”

Mike said the game was a bit of fun, encouraging families to come down to Kendall Flat for the free event which would start at 9.30 am on Saturday.

“People can come down and watch free 9.30 am on Saturday and 9 am on Sunday to see some action with three games being played on Saturday, and two games on Sunday,” he said.

“It is eight players a side and it is seven bowlers bowling two overs each and the batters retire at 35.

“Last year one of the players hit 19 sixes for the carnival!”

There will be a barbeque lunch available for $10 and the canteen operating as usual for those who attend to spectate.

Mike said the final will kick off on Sunday afternoon, with the reigning champions still hoping to defend last year's win.

“At the end of the five games, we have a final between the two top teams and there is a trophy that is presented, as well as trophies for the most runs of the carnival, most wickets and so on,” he said.

“The final begins about 1.30 pm on Sunday afternoon and over the past few years the best teams we have had have probably been the Waterford side and they will be defending their win from last year.”

Event details:
What
: Bundaberg Veteran Cricket Club May Day Carnival
Where: Kendall Flat
When: Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May
Cost: Free

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