Cricket sea­son hits off

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

CRICKET: The Mun­dub­bera cricket sea­son is back, with the women’s seven-a-side and the men’s Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion now un­der way.

The No Ballers man­aged to out­run the Pitch Slap­pers 59-58 in a nail-bit­ing win in six overs.

Sec­re­tary Wayne Pash­ley said Twenty20 was a more ex­cit­ing for­mat of cricket.

“We were play­ing on the week­ends, but we’ve now de­cided to play on Fri­day nights so we have both teams com­pet­ing,” Pash­ley said.

“The game on Fri­day night came down to the last ball. It was a very close game and both teams did well.”

There are four teams in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Next year we can in­cor­po­rate some more teams, but there’s not an is­sue at the mo­ment so we’ll just stick to the teams we have,” he said.

Pash­ley said cricket was both fun and chal­leng­ing.

“Our Mun­dub­bera cricket is so­cial and com­pet­i­tive. Play­ers are vy­ing for the tro­phy and we have ju­nior play­ers com­ing through the ranks and they’re play­ing,” he said.

There was also a good com­bi­na­tion of helpers for both games dur­ing the week.

“The ladies start at 6pm on Thurs­day and Fri­day nights. The men play Twenty20 straight af­ter the ladies are fin­ished,” he said.

There were sev­eral strong play­ers in Fri­day night’s game.

“We had Chloe McGovern who had a good game in the No Ballers team, and for the Pitch Slap­pers, Shan­non Beu­tel led from the front,” Pash­ley said.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

A-TEAM: The seven-a-side cricket was a huge suc­cess on Fri­day af­ter­noon in Mun­dub­bera.

Naomi Clarke af­ter hit­ting a good shot dur­ing the seven-a-side com­pe­ti­tion.

Play­ers con­grat­u­late each other af­ter the game.

Brit­tany Cross bowl­ing to the cricket stumps.

Shan­non Pren­der­gast ready to hit the ball.

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