Time to wield willow
SATURDAY marked the start of the 2013/14 Gympie cricket season, with the first round of junior and senior games being played at One Mile Ovals.
The juniors started the season with their grading day, with the Under 9's and Under 11's combined, and the Under 13's and 16's having their first hit of the season to assess their form.
Under 16 coach Paul Mitchell said there were a few new players, but encouraged any more wishing to come along to do so. He said any juniors wanting to play can sign up at any time.
The seniors were straight into the first round of T20 games, with plenty of big hitting on show. In A-grade Valleys took on Colts and Harlequins were up against Wests. Valleys, batting first, posted an impressive 3/169 in their 20 overs, with Kaden Dickfos (67 not out) and Ash Lawless (50) starring with the bat.
Colts fell 30 runs short in their chase, as Dickfos, Steve Brady and Rod Venn chipped in with two wickets each to ensure Valleys would defend their total.
Harlequins started their season with a convincing win, chasing down Wests' first innings total with six overs to spare. Tim Kross was the destroyer with the ball, with figures of 4/15 restricting Wests to a disappointing 6/92.
The game was never in doubt, as Harlequins made light work of the chase.
A 39 from opener Michael Walsh and contributions from Shaun Ringuet, Kross, and his brother Peter achieved the target in 14 overs.
The reserve grade fixtures featured Colts battling Harlequins, and Tin Can Bay taking on Valleys.
Colts won the toss and batted, scoring 5/132 in their 20 overs. Rhys O'Brien starred with the bat, scoring a quick-fire 53, with Troy Anderson supporting him with 26.
Anderson, Brycen Mitchell and Callum Lee each took three wickets to rip through Harlequins for just 55.
Tin Can Bay also had a comfortable win, chasing down Valleys' first innings score of 107 with ease.