Hayden and Paul Mitchell clean up the canteen and toilets at Gympie Cricket’s One Mile home yesterday.
Hayden and Paul Mitchell clean up the canteen and toilets at Gympie Cricket’s One Mile home yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Gympie cricket cleans up

A WELL-DRILLED group of cricket volunteers evacuated the Gympie Cricket canteen and clubhouse at One Mile before rapidly rising floodwaters entered the buildings on Saturday.

Gympie Cricket spokesman Paul Mitchell said the volunteers did a great job getting all the gear out of the cricket buildings.

The team of volunteers evacuated the building in about five hours.

"We have a really good group of volunteers," he said.

"They all chipped in and turned up to give us a hand."

Yesterday, Paul was one of many volunteers hosing down the facilities to hopefully have them ready for the resumption of cricket this weekend.

The canteen had water up to its roof on Sunday.

He said he wasn't sure if cricket would be back on this weekend, saying the Gympie Regional Council liked about a week of sunshine on the ovals to kill off the flood-related bugs.

The biggest downer for the cricket club was missing out on the Wide Bay junior cricket finals that were scheduled to be held on the grounds on Sunday.

Ten teams were scheduled to play on One Mile Ovals and bring much-needed funds into the junior cricket club's coffers.

Unfortunately, the finals were cancelled and would not be replayed.

Gympie Cricket's only chance of a win in the finals was the under-16 boys' side.

The Gympie boys were in the final against Bundaberg and looked to have a great chance of upsetting the competition frontrunners.

Unfortunately for Gympie, the Rum City team was now the champion because it was higher on the competition ladder than Gympie.

Gympie under-16 cricket coach Gavin Gagen said the result was disappointing but the boys did well to make it into the final.

Gympie Times


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