Gearing up: Team captains for Queenstown Cricket Club's new 50-over league include Sukhdev Sandhu, left, and Mitchell van Schaik


Queenstown Cricket Club’s trialling its own 50-over league this summer.

Involving four drafted teams, the Saturday comp will take place over December and January, meaning the club’s senior and senior reserve men’s teams won’t compete in the
Central Otago, or Vincent, 20-over comp held at the same time.

Club president Daniel Gibbons says it’s aimed at raising the standard of its growing number of players, and offering more competitive cricket, especially for its younger talent.

And it should be able to attract those studying at university as it’ll be staged during their holidays.

Gibbons stresses the club’s still committed to the Vincent 40-over comp, which starts on October 30, however he notes some other clubs in the region are starting to struggle.

The four league teams will be chosen by draft, though their four captains have already been selected — Jason McGirr, Sukhdev Sandhu, Kevin Loggenberg and Mitchell van Schaik.

Each team will play two rounds, or six games, ideally on side-by-side grounds at the Queenstown Events Centre, with the top two contesting a final.

‘‘We want to make it a bit special,’’ Gibbons says.

And if it’s successful, the club will look to run it again.

Meanwhile, the club’s inviting anyone keen to play this season to turn up to Thursday trainings at the Events Centre nets.

It’s also calling for registrations for its Wednesday night Social 6s, commencing October 27, and the Friday night T20 comp, starting November 5.