A call to arms has been sent out for cricketers aged 50-years or older to join the Grey Slugs’ 2020-21 campaign which will get underway next month.

The Narrabri side will play in the Northern Conference of the Northern NSW Over-50s Doug Walters Cup alongside five other teams which include Tamworth, New England, Macquarie, Mid North Coast Marlins and Mid North Coast Mudskippers.

Five rounds will be played which will allow all teams to play against one another once.

Round one games must be played by October 30, round two by November 30, round three by December 20, round four by January 31 and round five by February 14.

There will be a carnival in Tamworth from Sunday, November 22 to Tuesday, November 24, which five of the Northern Conference’s 15 matches have been scheduled to be played at.

Two of those are Narrabri’s round four and five games, meaning that all five of the Grey Slugs’ fixtures will be played before Christmas.

Team organiser Andrew Smart said that the team was keen to boost its numbers this season given the number of games it will play across several weeks during what is hoped will be one of the biggest harvests in recent years.

“What they are trying to do is create more veterans cricket locally,” Smart said.

“We’ve played in the state champs the past few years but this season there will be more games, one in Narrabri, one in Coonabarabran and one in Gunnedah then two at a Tamworth carnival.

“We are hoping that we can get some more players onboard as not everyone will play every game. Anyone who is turning 50 this year and is under 60 and wants to have a game can get in contact with me or Tony Meppem.”

First up for Narrabri is a round one game against Macquarie which will be played against Coonabarabran, then in round two it will take on New England in Narrabri.

In round three, the Grey Slugs will challenge Tamworth in Gunnedah, and the side’s rounds four and five matches will be played against the two Mid North Coast teams at the Tamworth carnival.

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