A Bulls Masters team will take on an Australian Country XI on Sunday in a T20 exhibition match as part of the championships.
The Bulls Masters team includes former Australian players Michael Kasprowicz, Nathan Hauritz and Andy Bichel, who played for Queensland Country as a youngster from Laidley prior to moving to Brisbane where he went on to play for Queensland and Australia.
Hauritz has been played lower grades for Norths in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition during its T20 phase recently.
The Bulls Masters team also contains former Bulls quick Luke Feldman, who also represented the Brahmans early in his career while serving as a police officer in North Queensland.
Queensland's all-time record holder for wicket-keeping dismissals Chris Hartley will also play in the side, alongside Chinchilla product Nathan Reardon, ex-Queensland paceman Chris Swan and Toowoomba country cricket legends Brian May and Troy Gurski.
May is a member of the Australian Country Cricket hail of fame.
Brahmans captain Cameron Brimblecombe, also a former first class player with the Bulls, will turn out for the Australian Country Cricket XI.
The championships will be played at eight community cricket facilities around Toowoomba as well as Toowoomba Grammar School, with more than 250 players, coaches and officials participating.
New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will feature teams in both the men’s and women’s divisions, whilst the Australian Capital Territory re-join the men’s division for the first time since 2014. On the women’s side, an East Asia Pacific team from the International Cricket Council development program will also compete.
Cricket Australia's Head of Clubs, Competitions and Diversity, Kieran McMillan said:
“The Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships celebrate the best of country cricket, providing Australia’s best regional players with the opportunity to represent their State and test their skills at a high level of competition.
“Toowoomba is a great example of a thriving regional cricket community and we look forward to working with the Toowoomba Regional Council to ensure this event is a great success and injects further energy and momentum into the game in this region.”
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio, said:
“Toowoomba Regional Council is delighted that the region has been chosen to host the annual country cricket titles.
“We are fortunate to have top-class playing fields and plenty of accommodation options to cater for several hundred players, coaching staff and supporters who will travel from all parts of the country.
“Sports fans will be treated to skilful T20 and 50-over cricket during the early part of the January holidays.
“Toowoomba and Southern Queensland have a rich tradition of nurturing cricketers who have played for Queensland Country and also the Australian Country side, including Cam Brimblecombe of Western Districts.