Dubbo District Cricket Association president Ben Semmler is expecting big things from this season's MoneyQuest Megahit.
Semmler spoke about the Twenty20 competition while unveiling it's new major sponsor for the next two seasons, MoneyQuest.
There will be a number of changes to Twnety20 cricket this season, with two rounds of the RSL-Whitney Cup first grade competition to be played in the shorter format.
There is also expected to be a number of new initiatives, such as crowd catches, added to the regular Friday night Megahit matches, to ensure the best standard of play and plenty of entertainment for those who attend the matches at No. 1 Oval.
"We're very keen to get started," Semmler said.
"The comp is as looking as strong as ever with a few players coming back so we're expecting the Twenty20 format to be very exciting.
"We've mixed it up a bit and having some Saturday games to change the format up and keep the competition fresh.
"We've had to evolve a little with the delayed start but this is just one way of seeing what different formats we can try and I've heard some good feedback on it."
As was the case last season, the Megahit is its own Twenty20 competition but points accrued will go to the overall RSL-Whitney Cup ladder.
"It's going to be hotly-contested," Semmler added.
"I think the Twenty20 is the most even part of the competition across the board and with the mixture of Friday nights and Saturday, I think it's going to be very exciting."
The entertainment aspect of Twenty20 is also a focus and Semmler is keen to see kids and junior players take every chance they can get to watch games on Friday night.
Having crowds in attendance and getting the community involved is something MoneyQuest finance specialist Matt Wright is keen to see as well.
The excitement around the return of community sport was a big factor in Wright's decision to get involved with the competition.
"Community sport relies on the generosity of a lot of business to make sure clubs are financially sound and MoneyQuest was happy to come onboard and support Friday night cricket," he said.
"It's a family type night. It's a great opportunity for families to bring the kids down, enjoy those summer nights, and watch a bit of cricket.
"It's great for some of those juniors to play on a Friday night or watch those seniors as well."
Many sporting clubs and businesses as well have suffered during COVID and Wright added it was important those who were in a position to help out did so, for the good of the community.
The first round of the RSL-Whitney Cup next Saturday will be Twenty20 matches while the first Friday night game is November 12.
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