WINNING FORM: Tom Philp from Mitch's XI was player of the Australia Day Cricket Carnival 2019 and will be looking to do it again this weekend.
WINNING FORM: Tom Philp from Mitch's XI was player of the Australia Day Cricket Carnival 2019 and will be looking to do it again this weekend.

Cricket fever heats up across Warwick grounds

CRICKET: Friendships will be tested when rivalries reignite this weekend at the annual Australia Day cricket carnival.

Last year’s Condamine Sports Club cup winner’s the Ring Inns will look to go back to back, despite a pool of tough competition.

Warwick Cricket Association president Dave Walker said there would be no shortage of competitive matches over the three days.

“Queens Park is probably my pick for the place to be over the weekend,” Walker said.

“The round one draw at that oval will be really entertaining cricket.”

While the Ring Inns are eager to repeat their performance in 2019, Walker said several teams were on the cusp of victory.

“Summers are always up there during the finals,” he said.

“They’ll be led by the Siebenhausen brothers and Jason Steketee who will make sure they are there come finals.

“The Stunned Mullets are also one of those teams up there as favourites to win.”

While most teams hail from the Southern Downs, several will make the trip to the Rose City for the carnival.

“Teams come from all over to play in our carnival,” he said.

“This year, we’ll have the team from Goomeri and then the Ring Inns from Casino.

“It’s good, now we’ve got a reputation and people really enjoy playing here.”

Despite a forecast of rain that threatens to wash out day one of the competition, Walker was adamant the carnival would go ahead as scheduled.

“We will do everything we can in our power to make the games go ahead,” he said.

“Even if it means we have to reduce the carnival to two days, we will do that.”

As Queensland’s second largest Australia Day cricket carnival, Walker is hopeful that spectators will head to the grounds to watch the “entertaining games.”

“There is no charge at any of the grounds for people to watch,” he said.

“With the games being played in that T20 format, they’re always entertaining and face-paced games.

“They really can swing either way.”

For the full draw head to the Warwick Cricket Association Facebook page.