NEW bats are knocked in, the whites have been washed crisp and Stanthorpe's junior cricketers are about to take the crease.
The Stanthorpe Junior Cricket Association 2012/2013 season will begin on Saturday and Stanthorpe Junior Cricket Association president Alan Furness said there was a sense of anticipation about the season ahead.
"It is shaping up to be a good junior season," he said.
"We have the Milo in2cricket which is a new game format for the younger kids and the under 11s and under 15s will be playing the twenty20 format."
Furness said the association was aiming to have four teams in each age division and with the twenty20 games starting at 9am there would be plenty of time to enjoy those Saturday summer afternoons after the games.
"Everyone likes shorter games and twenty20 cricket is always fast and furious," he said.
"We focus on making sure all the players get a turn to bat and with the ball too."
Furness said ideally players should be at CF White Oval by 8.30am Saturday to complete any necessary sign-on paperwork before the first coin toss of the season.
"We will still be taking registrations on Saturday and we need people to come along and get signed up," he said.
"Cricket is a great social outlet for the kids."
Stanthorpe junior cricket player Jacob Furness said he was looking forward to meeting up with his friends on the cricket pitch.
"I like getting out of the house and having fun with my mates," he said.
"One of the things I like most about cricket is going to other places and getting to meet new people."