Vandalism keeps Gold grounded
POINTLESS vandalism denied the Gympie Offroad Gold XI cricket side a start to its new season campaign at the weekend.
The Gold were due to commence the first instalment of a two day match against Caboolture Saturday, but the fixture was washed out.
Officials made the decision to abandon the game 7am Saturday morning after inspecting the field.
It was thought vandals had pulled the covers off part of the wicket some time Friday night.
With constant rain falling throughout the week and Friday night, the exposed wicket didn't stand a chance of being suitable for play the day after.
Gold XI senior player Troy Ashton said the act of vandalism was disappointing.
“We heard it was a prank and it's really disappointing because we were ready to go,” he said.
“If the covers had of stayed on the wicket Friday night, we would have most likely been able to play.”
With the opening day of the two day fixture scratched, both sides will return this weekend to play a one day match instead.
Ashton said the turn of events may end up favouring the Gympie side, keen for a win to set the tone for the season ahead.
“We were missing a few players at the weekend that we should have back in the side for the one day match,” he said.
“That could end up working out for us because we might have a stronger team to take on Caboolture.”
The Gold have been training for the last few months and are keen to make inroads into a new season of top division cricket on the Sunshine Coast.
Captained by Tim McIntosh, who has just only returned to the fold after getting married, the Gympie cricket team is a blend of experience and youth.
Bolstering the younger ranks of the side is Brendan Mahaffey, promoted to Gympie's premier cricket outfit after an outstanding season last year.