The Maryborough and District Cricket Association’s (MDCA) 2019/20 senior competition kicks off this weekend and is looking healthier than ever thanks to some minor fixture changes.
A grade will feature eight sides in both its one and two-day cup competitions, two more teams than last season with Avoca and Beaufort stepping up from A reserve.
Returning MDCA president Mark Allen said the association is enthused to have an eight-team roster in A grade this season.
“Not too long ago there were only five sides in our A grade so it’s great to have eight clubs on board this season. It’s really good for local cricket and the league,” he said.
“Two of last year’s A reserve sides have come up to A grade, which is impressive. Avoca has come up after dominating A reserve for a couple of years and Beaufort is fielding two sides after only returning to the competition last season. It’s a great effort for them to come back after they were in recess for a few years.”
Beaufort was unable to field a side for three seasons, but came back strongly last season making both the one and A reserve cup final.
It is also now one of six clubs that has been able to fill both an A and A reserve side for season 2019/20.
A reserve’s layout has had a bit of a shake-up this season, with 10 clubs contesting the one-day cup from October to December, before a spilt in the grade after Christmas.
When A reserve returns in January, five of those sides will head to B grade to continue on with one-day cricket, while the remaining five will contest the A reserve two-day cup.
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