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Cricket team going for the carnival treble

SOCIAL WINNERS: Digglers (back, from left) Mark Grayson, Dion Galloway, Mark Gillespie, Maurice Monckton, Andrew Boal, Adam Fowler, (front) Ken Gee, Steve Gander, Darren Costello, Brad Ready and Mark Fischer after a win in their 20th carnival appearance last season. They are one of nine social teams in this month's carnival.
SOCIAL WINNERS: Digglers (back, from left) Mark Grayson, Dion Galloway, Mark Gillespie, Maurice Monckton, Andrew Boal, Adam Fowler, (front) Ken Gee, Steve Gander, Darren Costello, Brad Ready and Mark Fischer after a win in their 20th carnival appearance last season. They are one of nine social teams in this month's carnival. Gerard Walsh

CRICKET: Digglers will be going for a third successive social victory in the Condamine Sports Club Australia Day Cricket Carnival on January 26-28.

Two years ago, Digglers player Dion Galloway won the player of the carnival award. Galloway will again be in this year's team which will be co-captained by Craig Hempel and Darren Costello.

Hempel lives at Mt Sturt east of Warwick and will return after missing last year as he was away holidays. Costello comes from Legume and along with Hempel and Mark Grayson (Brisbane) are three of the original players in the Digglers teams which was first called Tennis Chargers when it formed in the 1990s.

Mark Fischer is originally from Yangan and now lives in Warwick and has been part of the team for the past four years.

"The team has a squad of 20 and we work out between ourselves who plays in each game. Dion is likely to play in all five games,” Fischer said

Two years ago, Digglers beat Dale's XI in the final with Galloway and Fischer batting for 18 of the 20 overs. Galloway made a century and Fischer 38 in the win. Last year, Digglers beat Hurricanes in the close final at Briggs Oval. Like many teams, it is almost harder to get into the Digglers set up than a Big Bash franchise.

"There are few openings for new players as everyone returns,” Fischer said.

"The beauty of the social competition is you can go out and have a laugh and are not chasing too much leather. We get a bit more serious if we make the final.”

While he likes the three-day carnival, Fischer said the players would have sorer heads and bodies than after two days last year.

All welcome to January 19 carnival draw at Hawker Rd Function Centre at 6pm. Nine teams are in social and 21 in competitive.

Carnival program: January 26-27: Games at 8.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm, each team has two games

January 28: Games from 9am. Each team plays one game, competitive finalists two games

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