Albert Park was flooded Sunday, casting doubts whether the Gympie Gold cricket side will be able to play there this weekend.
Albert Park was flooded Sunday, casting doubts whether the Gympie Gold cricket side will be able to play there this weekend. Craig Warhurst

Rain washes out cricket

IT’S been one of the wettest starts to a Gympie Cricket season ever, according to president Bob Blackburn.

On Sunday, Gympie’s main cricket oval, Albert Park (pictured) looked more like a swimming pool, and the One Mile Ovals weren’t much better.

Unseasonal rain washed out all Saturday’s cricket, and the Gympie Gold had its fourth Saturday without play when its match against Nambour in Nambour was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Blackburn said if things didn’t improve the Gold’s match this weekend, scheduled for Albert Park, would be in doubt.

“We need sunshine Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so we can prepare the pitch Thursday,” Blackburn said. “We can then put covers on until the weekend,” he said.

But that outlook doesn’t look real positive for an already soggy Albert Park.

The weather bureau is predicting rain everyday until the weekend.

Blackburn said the Gympie A Grade cricket games, scheduled for last Saturday, each ended in a draw.

“We need to send this rain down to Adelaide,” Blackburn said.

“The cricket down there has been terrible.

“The Australian bowlers don’t look like getting anyone out.”

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