Cricket sea­son split in two

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

CRICKET: Cen­tral Bur­nett cricket re­turned at the week­end when the Rebels and the Stingers com­peted in Gayn­dah.

Rain had caused the last two rounds of se­nior 40-over cricket to be can­celled.

The loss of two reg­u­lar sea­son games will not have a big im­pact on the rest of the sea­son, Rebels player Rus­sell Baker said.

“Fi­nally we are back. Two games we’ve lost from the sea­son but it’s OK,” Baker said.

He said the heat and some other ex­ter­nal fac­tors were hav­ing an im­pact on the sea­son more so than the rain.

“We have been strug­gling to get play­ers out here though,” Baker said.

“Even in this game we have a few ring-ins to make up the num­bers.”

He chalked it up to a range of fac­tors.

“Part of it is the Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion I think,” Baker said.

“They have prob­a­bly taken some of the num­bers.

“That comp is due to start on Fri­day.”

Jeanette Schulte has been fol­low­ing Cen­tral Bur­nett cricket for a long time with her hus­band cap­tain­ing the Mun­dub­bera Stingers.

Schulte said the new com­pe­ti­tion would be ex­cit­ing.

“This is all brand new,” she said.

“What ac­tu­ally hap­pened was the 40-over com­pe­ti­tion used to have five teams but the Wan­der­ers and the Colts aren’t play­ing any more.”

This re­duc­tion in play­ers for the 40-over com­pe­ti­tion got some teams think­ing.

“So the Mun­dub­bera teams de­cided to do a night comp for the Twenty20 be­cause they didn’t re­ally want to do the day cricket any more be­cause they felt it was just too hot dur­ing the day,” Schulte said.

The Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion will con­sist of four teams: the Stingers, Wan­der­ers, Spit­ting Co­bras and the Colts.

“The ladies are also play­ing in their own com­pe­ti­tion,” Schulte said.

“It is a seven-a-side com­pe­ti­tion with four teams which is great to see.

“The ladies will start at 5.30pm and the men will start at 6.30pm.”

The new lights made the night games pos­si­ble.

“We have 15 new lights which is re­ally good for night cricket,” Schulte said.

PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

AT BAT: The Rebels clashed with the Stingers at the week­end.

Play­ers were glad to be back on the field.

The first sunny week­end in weeks meant the cricket was back.

A Rebels bats­man man­ages to dodge a bouncer.

Off the mid­dle of the bat.

It turned out to be a per­fect day for the re­turn of the cricket.

Keep­ing sharp in the slips.

Play­ers made sure to have hats in the mid­day sun.

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