Super fun super cricket

Published on LEUT Harley Slatter (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney

Topic(s): Cricket

Seaman Josh Kedwell from the Royal Australian Navy Cricket team smashes the ball during a friendly games of cricket. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Seaman Josh Kedwell from the Royal Australian Navy Cricket team smashes the ball during a friendly games of cricket.
Energetic batting and high-scoring cricket will now be on the Navy Cricket calendar, with the introduction of the Super 6s format.
 
Sydney’s Centennial Park will play host to the Navy Cricket Super 6s tournament on 3 October, with, as the name suggests only six players per team in each match, but overall team squads are made up of nine people.
 
Sanctioned by the International Cricket Council in 2006, Super 6s is played with the overall laws of cricket applied. Every player, except the wicketkeeper, is required to bowl one six-ball over. The idea is for a batsman to score as many sixes (hits over the boundary) as possible.
 
A batsman retires if they score more than 31 runs and if five wickets fall then the not-out batsman continues facing every remaining ball, ensuring that every player has the opportunity to both bat and bowl.
 
Open to all Navy members who are physically and medically fit, the competition is aimed at involving grassroots lovers of the game to be involved in a fun, engaging contest across Navy.
 
Lieutenant Commander Richard Austin, Treasurer of Navy Cricket, discussed the opportunity offered by the competition.
 
“This is a great chance for people who love cricket to come and have a hit,” Lieutenant Commander Austin said.
 
“The focus of this competition is to get all cricket lovers involved in the day, regardless of experience and skill.”
 
While this is the first year that Navy Cricket has run this particular format, the plan is for each year to get bigger and better and lead to a future national carnival.
 
There are no separate draws, meaning male and female competitors can combine to form a mixed team and play against each other.
 
“Even if you don’t want to play it’s a fantastic opportunity to come along and support your mates, ship or establishment,” Lieutenant Commander Austin said.
 
The event will be a round robin format, followed by knockout rounds for the final decider.
 
The program has attracted a number of sponsors to help support the competition and allow as many teams as possible to participate.
 
Trials for representational level cricket and inter-service competition will happen in November.