The T20 Tonk will go on

Strong crowds and fierce competition mean the Traralgon and District Cricket Association’s T20 Tonk is set to return next year.

The association attempted to tap into the success of the national Big Bash League by playing the entire Twenty20 tournament across Saturday and Sunday.

Previous TDCA T20 tournaments were played on weeknights across a number of weeks.

The new format featured 14 games with teams split into three groups for a round robin phase with the top four teams progressing to yesterday morning’s semi-finals.

Glengarry (6/143) progressed to the grand final after defeating Imperials (all out 93) in the first semi-final at Traralgon Recreation Reserve.

In the second semi-final, Ex Students emerged victorious after posting 9/139 and bowling out Churchill for 90.

The shortest form of the game proved a hit with spectators lining the western and southern boundaries of Duncan Cameron Park for the grand final.

Yesterday’s heat meant many stuck to the shade as they watched Glengarry put on a dominant performance to win the inaugural edition of the tournament.

TDCA president Kevin Foley said the tournament would return next year following its success and expected the next edition’s grand final to be played under lights.

“I think every club took it on board what we were trying to achieve,” Foley said.

“Every club, whether it be Glengarry, Churchill, Ex Students or Imperials, they all had a really good turn up on Saturday and then on the Sunday we had a really good turn up.

“We didn’t have many games that weren’t up to the standard that we wanted.”

The grand final featured the junior cricketers of the Milo T20 Blast and a ‘biggest six’ competition, which was won by Ex Students‘ Jack Robertson who managed to clear 95 metres.

Following the grand final Gormandale’s Conor Little was named Most Valuable Player, which was awarded based on Saturday’s performances.