Rivalries, big hitting and an annual Christmas party on Rovers’ Hill at Traeger Park highlight a week that will have it all in the Alice Springs Cricket Association.
The league moves into the T20 competition this weekend, highlighted by the annual battle for the Schmidt-Weeks cup between Complete Constructions Cricket Club and Rovers.
Always a highlight on the calendar for both clubs, the Schmidt-Weeks cup sees CCCC and Rovers battle across the C Grade, B Grade and A Grade for the honour of lifting the trophy.
All sides will play at TIO Trager Park on Saturday one after another, culminating in a battle between the A Grade sides under lights.
Wins in the C Grade and B Grade matches will count for two points each towards the trophy, while victory in the A Grade will count for three points.
Rovers’ A Grade side will be desperate for a win, not only for the Schmidt-Weeks Cup but also for confidence as they have yet to register a win in the one day competition.
The shorter format could suit the Double Blues however as they take centre stage on TIO Traeger Park.
CCCC meanwhile have been in up-and-down form so far this season, but should come into the game confident having defeated Rovers in a one day match last week.
The Schmidt-Weeks Cup will kick off with the C Grade at TIO Traeger Park from 1pm on Saturday, leading into the B Grade at 4pm and the A Grade at 7pm.
In other T20 action across the weekend, a battle between Solergy Alice Tigers and Federal Asbuild under the TIO Traeger Park lights on Friday kicks off the season.
The short format of the game is likely to suit the Tigers, who have some of the biggest hitters across the competition.
Tigers’ issues have been the middle overs across the one day competition so far in 2020, but a move to T20 cricket could eliminate those concerns and see the side be a dangerous force.
While big hitting is a key component of the short format of the game, fielding is equally as vital and this is where Federal shine.
Priding themselves on being one of the best fielding outfits across Alice Springs, this aspect of the game is likely to see Federal among the top contenders again come finals time.
The two sides square off at 7pm on Friday evening.
Alice Tigers will then have to back up on Saturday afternoon as they take on reigning T20 premiers West at Albrecht Oval from 3pm.
In other B Grade fixtures, Alice Tigers will also have a double header when they face Federal Asbuild at 12pm, before tackling West at 3.30pm. Both those matches will take place at Jim McConville Oval.
Rounding out the C Grade, Federal Asbuild Red will face West at Paul Fitzsimons Oval at 12pm while Federal Asbuild White meet Alice Tigers at 3pm.
In the women’s competition, Alice Tigers will face Federal Asbuild in the early game on Thursday night beginning at 6pm at Flynn Reserve.
In the late fixture, West and CCCC will square off from 8pm.