Carpark cricket is returning to the Railway Hotel on Australia Day.

The family favourite has become a popular afternoon fixture on Gunnedah’s Australia Day calendar.

It also features a $500 cash prize to be shared between first and second place teams and teams can entered on the day.

Publican Josh Launders said the cricket competition embodies what it means to celebrate Australia Day.

Batsman Jake Hausfeld practises his skills ahead of the Australia Day carpark cricket at the Railway Hotel.

“What’s more Australian than backyard cricket?” he asked.

“Everyone is welcome and it’s great fun, even if you’re a spectator.”

He estimated more than 100 people took part in last year’s cricket showcase with hundreds more enjoying a meal or attending the venue throughout the day.

Several teams from last year’s Australia Day tournament have already indicated they will be back for more in 2024 but Mr Launders said the title is anyone’s for the taking.

“A few teams are coming back this year but I’d like to see them put in their place, [by new team entries],” he said with a grin.

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