T20 Cricket is coming back to Lithgow.
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Lithgow District Cricket Association have recently announced their inaugural T20 Cup, to be played each Sunday until Christmas before a short break and recommencing on Fridays in late January.
While the first two (CHECK) weeks have been rained out, the locals are excited to get out and play.
LDCA secretary Ben Sheehan said that he was most looking forward to playing some 'old faces that have been out of the sport for a while'.
"...and the concept of playing under lights, in coloured clothing, on a Friday night, with a white ball, in the shorter more exciting format of the game, and also having a few spectators at the ground," he said.
The Cup will see five teams vying for the title at the Tony Luchetti Sportsground, in a competition of ten round games followed by a three match final series set to finish in February.
There will be four local teams and one team from the Blue Mountains competing.
"This year for the first crack at it, it's only one first grade competition, with the view to potentially expanding to two grades next year dependent on how much interest we get," Sheehan said.
Sheehan said that spectators are encouraged to come down and watch the matches at the Tony Luchetti Sportsground turfs.
"The normal Saturday competition is still being run with this being an addition to it," he said.
"The T20 competition will only feature one game per week which means each team will play each other once throughout Summer, then a finals series in February with the top four."
Sheehan said he would like to thank the generous contribution of major sponsor CFMEU South Western District and the secondary sponsor, Sludge Brothers Liquid Waste & Excavations as well as Centennial Coal.
"The competition gave full naming rights to the sponsor and is called the 'CFMEU South Western District T20 Cup' which is hosted by the LDCA," he said.
"It's an exciting way to bring old faces back to the sport and potentially expand to a two grade competition next year and encourage new players to take part."
Association president Danny Whitty couldn't speak higher of Sheehan's efforts.
"Huge thanks to this bloke right here. This wouldn't be happening without his hard work so I thank him for getting it all up and running," he said.
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