Cricket season split in two
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.
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.