Rains cause cricket washout
CRICKET fixtures were a complete washout in Gympie on Saturday with matches in all grades called off after steady early morning rain.
Junior fixtures were abandoned in the morning and all senior grades were called off in the afternoon.
The Gympie Gold XI, which is languishing near the bottom of the Sunshine Coast cricket fixture ladder, did not get a chance to play when its one-day match away against Tewantin-Noosa was called off.
In Gympie A grade fixtures the wet may well have robbed Colts of maximum points after they were well on top against Wests the previous week.
In reply to Colts’ total of 157, Wests was staring down the barrel of outright defeat, having been forced to follow on the previous Saturday after being rolled for just 41 in its first innings and being two down for seven in the second innings at stumps.
Main destroyer for Colts was Andy Batten who took six for 17 off eight overs in the first innings and had one for five in the second after only four overs had been bowled.
The Harlequins versus Valleys match was more evenly balanced. Harlequins had been dismissed for 202 in their first innings but in reply had Valleys one for 19 at stumps.
Yesterday Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said a new round of fixtures will start next Saturday, weather permitting.
Blackburn (pictured right) said it was case of fingers crossed but the weather forecast was not encouraging for wicket preparation with showers forecast for most days.
“All senior and junior matches were called off last weekend and the weather forecast is not real good for this week either,” he said. “This is one of the weirdest seasons weather wise I can remember.”
“At 5am this morning (Monday) the sun was shining brightly and not a cloud to be seen by 7am it was raining again.”
“The rain seems to be hanging on and almost every week we are having a showers.”
The Gympie under 19 cricket team to play Bundaberg on December 5 has also been selected:
The team is: Brendan Mahaffey, Jackson Waugh, Rhys O’Brien, Ben Gear, Chris Durrach, Brandon Sauer (captain), Hayden Mitchell, Conner Sauer, Luke Wheeler, Tom Manthey, Callum Glasgow, Tom White. The bus leaves Albert Park at 6.30 am.