Lower South West cricket returns this Saturday with a number of exciting changes that will be sure to spice up the highly anticipated season. The Warren Blackwood Cricket Association 2022-23 season will see returning teams Boyup Brook, Pemberton, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Forestry, and Northcliffe battle it out in the opening salvo for the coveted season titles. The WBCA has several changes in place for the new season, including the introduction of T20 games, greater integration with junior cricket, and a game format change to a net run rate point system which will shorten game lengths. This season will consist of 10 rounds of 45-over games where every team will play each other twice, and five rounds of T20 games where every team will play each other once. This will mean there will be a T20 grand final on December 17 and the usual end of season grand final on the long weekend in March, 2023. WBCA president Jodi Johnston said WBCA was looking forward to the 2022-23 season with the change in format of games in the senior competition. “Having both formats of cricket aims to increase or maintain participation where the shorter format may suit some players and attract more supporters to the game. “The senior season is promising to be a close one with talk of any of the senior clubs being possible final contenders.” Ms Johnston said the association was looking forward to the junior season this year as well, which is integral to the continued growth of cricket in the Lower South West. “WBCA are excited to once again have numbers in the juniors to be able to have four teams, including Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and two teams from Manjimup Junior Cricket Club, and are grateful to the coaches who invest their time to bring cricket to our younger players and develop their skills. “The stronger our grassroots clubs are, the more sustainable the senior competition will be.” Ms Johnston said the WBCA also aims to send teams to representative competitions in both juniors and seniors, including country week and the Bunbury Carnival in January, which is new this year, and a great achievement for an association of its size. It is not too late to get involved in the 2022-23 cricket season as several senior teams are still calling for players and umpires. Woolworths Blasters programs are also available for children ages five to 10. For any inquiries contact the WBCA through its Facebook page.