Crick­eters turn up the heat

Club hosts 25th an­nual six-a-side comp

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THE sun was shin­ing, the tem­per­a­tures high, and the ac­tion in full swing at the Dalby Cricket fields at the week­end.

On Satur­day, 22 teams from Dalby and sur­round­ing ar­eas flocked to the cricket ground for the club’s an­nual six-a-side car­ni­val fundraiser.

Club sec­re­tary Tim Hart said the car­ni­val, which has been run­ning for about 25 years, was the main fundraiser for the year ahead.

“We haven’t checked fundrais­ing fig­ures yet, but it was a suc­cess­ful day,” he said.

“It’s a so­cial day as well as the se­ri­ous side, for ex­am­ple a lot of girls who were part­ners of play­ers de­cided to make their own all-fe­male side and they had a lot of fun.

“At the mo­ment, we’re ne­go­ti­at­ing with coun­cil to put in a cou­ple of prac­tice nets, so a lot of funds raised would go to­ward con­struct­ing those nets.”

“It would make an ex­treme dif­fer­ence for us, at the mo­ment there are only two prac­tice nets in town.

“One of them is near rail­way tracks where snakes are very ac­tive, and the oth­ers are at Dalby South School, so get­ting new nets means we wouldn’t be con­flict­ing with schools or other groups.”

The car­ni­val, which ran from 8.30am and con­sisted of a se­ries of short five-over games, fin­ished with pre­sen­ta­tions.

It was a busy day for Chris Wilkes, who took home the prizes for most 6s and runs, while Ja­son Baker won most wick­ets.

The Divi­sion 1 com­pe­ti­tion was won by Sleepy 7s, who have com­peted at the car­ni­val ev­ery year.

While the tour­na­ment is all over for another year, the club is con­tin­u­ing to host ju­nior play­ers on Satur­day morn­ings and se­niors in the af­ter­noon.

“We’re still build­ing on ju­nior num­bers and would love them to keep in­creas­ing,” Hart said.

“We’re al­ways happy for any new kids to come over and have a try on a Satur­day morn­ing.

“We’ll still take num­bers up un­til March.”

The Dalby Cricket Club would like to thank all spon­sors for their sup­port and dona­tions at Satur­day’s car­ni­val.

PHOTO: JES­SICA BAHR

WIN­NERS: Ryan ‘Sleepy’ Glee­son, one of the orig­i­nal team mem­bers, with the Sleepy 7s play­ers, win­ners of the Dalby Cricket Car­ni­val.

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