Flood hits cricket for six

Gympie Cricket Association’s clubhouse is inundated early Tuesday morning.
Gympie Cricket Association’s clubhouse is inundated early Tuesday morning.

CRICKET fixtures look doubtful for the weekend with the flood taking a toll on Gympie's ovals.

Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands said weekend matches were in doubt should Albert Park go under.

Both clubhouses were evacuated Monday night with Rowlands saying they knew the flood would come up fast.

Expecting an 18-metre peak, club members and community helpers worked through the night to evacuate the One Mile and Albert Park clubhouses.

"It's disappointing that we had to evacuate for the second time this year, but we are truly grateful to the community helping us out," Rowlands said.

The Gympie Gold is set to play Maroochydore this weekend away, with skipper Troy Ashton saying the team is not bothered by the current flood.

"If the weekend's game goes ahead, the team is confident and ready for what could be a long day of bowling," he said.

Ashton said team members with access to the Gympie Showgrounds would have a light session today to stretch their legs.

If Albert Park goes completely under, however, Ashton was concerned the Gold might not see a home semi-final.

If water contaminates Albert Park's grass then an inspection must be conducted to see if there are any harmful bacteria, which Ashton said could take seven to 10 days.

The semi-final match is scheduled next Saturday at home and if the fields are not up to scratch it could see the semi being played at another venue.

"If the semi game is played away, the boys will be disappointed but nothing can hinder their spirits after last Saturday's smash," Ashton said.

Continuing a strong season, the Gold is giving all they have to make Gympie proud and win the grand final.

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