Esam Rahman gears up for Cricket ACT’s ‘amazing’ shot

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But teams across the ACT can’t look too far beyond round one of the Twenty20 tournament – they have to suit up in the two-day Douglas Cup on Saturday.

“For us younger blokes that don’t work much, it’s amazing because we get a lot of cricket in. The older blokes might say something else but as far as I’m concerned I’m quite happy because it’s more cricket,” Rahman said.

“We’re still very young, the average age hasn’t really gone up much from last season, about 20. It really sets us up for the future.

“It’s tough, but times times are where you grow grow and that’s where you get better. In a couple of years we will be a really strong side.”

Cricket ACT’s Twenty20 Cup has undergone a major makeover – gone are the pool stages battled out over a weekend. Now it’s an expanded seven round competition with finals to be played in January.

The carrot of a national tournament adds an extra incentive for clubs to win the Cricket ACT Twenty20 title and Rahman says Norths have had a full contingent of players jumping at the chance to play.

Wests-UC are looking to defend their title.
Wests-UC are looking to defend their title.

“It definitely gives a lot more motivation to play real high-level cricket,” Rahman said.

“Previously after you win the Twenty20 competition in Canberra, that’s it. But now that you get to go on and play the best teams from other states, it does motivate a lot of blokes to play well at a high level.

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“Numbers are pretty good, we’ve actually named 12 this week. Next week, Josh [Low-McMahon] and Finn [McGurk] and I are heading to Narrabri for our under 18s comp, so we’re going to have a few fill-ins for midweek next week, but other than that we’ll be full strength.

“It’s just another game of cricket and you’ve just got to approach it that way.”

The national Premier cricket Twenty20 competition will be contested at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval precinct on March 5-6 next year.

Canberra’s best women’s players could soon follow suit with Cricket Australia planning to mirror the tournament with a women’s edition in the 2019-20 season.

CRICKET ACT TWENTY20 CUP

Thursday: Round one – Ginninderra v Weston Creek Molonglo at Kippax Oval, Eastlake v Tuggeranong Valley at Kingston Oval, Queanbeyan v Western District-UC at Freebody Oval, North Canberra-Gungahlin v ANU at Harrison Oval. All games at 4.30pm.

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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