READY TO PLAY: South Burnett captain Ashley Sippel at the crease.
READY TO PLAY: South Burnett captain Ashley Sippel at the crease. Mike Knott BUN151017CRICKET20

Burnett team hungry to win

CRICKET: The region's top cricketers will be giving it their all on the pitch this weekend as the South Burnett Bush Pigs travel to Maryborough, with their sights set on brining home the Goodchild Shield.

The South Burnett team have been strong contenders for the shield in recent years, scoring the win in 2016 and being undefeated in 2017.

South Burnett player Graham Brown expects this year will be no different, with a youthful side ready to step up to the challenge.

"We will be missing some key players from the last few years but most of us have been there before and we will have experience on our side,” he said.

Playing the T20 competition at Maryborough, it will present a new challenge to the teams who have played in Bundaberg in recent years.

"It is going to be tough being in Maryborough instead of Bundaberg because of the different pitches. Will work that out when we get there,” Brown said.

The South Burnett team will be made up of 13 players who were selected from a list of 16 who put their names forward.

The team is largely made up of those who play in the A-grade Gympie competition as well as some South Burnett B-grade players who are up for the challenge.

The team will start their campaign at 11.30am on Saturday against Bundaberg after drawing a bye for their first game.

They will face Hervey Bay on Saturday afternoon before facing Gympie on Sunday morning and finishing the weekend against Maryborough.

"I think we will give it a red hot go. It is anyone's tournament so will see how we fair,” Brown said.

From the carnival players will be selected to represent Wide Bay at the Schaeffer Shield.