No Super 8s in Mudgee for 2012 

Mudgee District Cricket Association’s annual Super 8s carnival will not go ahead this year due to a lack of interest.

The eight-over version of the game has been a regular on the MDCA calendar since it was first played at Victoria Park in 2008.

For four seasons it has been a great way for players and the association to unwind before the competition takes a two-week break because of Christmas and New Year.

But a lack of organisation and timing have seen the hit and giggle tournament cleaned bowled.

“At the last [monthly MDCA committee] meeting we talked about and there was interest from some people and there were others who weren’t [interested],” Barnes said.

MDCA president Mark Barnes and secretary Rodney Golden were unable to organise this year’s tournament and put the onus back on the first grade players.

But there was a small problem.

“We are pretty lazy,” Lawson Park Hotel captain Jacob Edmonds said.

“It is a little bit disappointing that it is not going ahead.

“It has dropped a little bit but that’s because people are not helping out.”

Golden said he “had put the feelers out” but he heard no response.

“We have had a lot of cricket so far this season,” Golden said.

“We made the fourth round of the SCG Shield, the ACA Masters tour, the Western Premier League competition.

“If the interest was there we could have done it but I could not have guaranteed one team let alone four teams.”

Having it three days before Christmas proved another hurdle.

“It is very close to Christmas,” Barnes said.

“It is a very good concept but we might have to look at another date for the future.

“I think it will be back for next season, as to when to hold it, I don’t know.”

Paragon Hotel had won the first three Super 8 tournaments and Lawson Park were victorious last year.

“We want to hopefully defend our title,” Edmonds said.

“It [the Super 8s] is a good way to go off to the Christmas break. We leave on a good note.”

GONE: Jacob Suttor has a swing at the ball during last year’s Super 8s final. The annual tournament will not go ahead in 2012 due to a lack of interest. Photo: SANDY SMITH

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