Fuse blows at bash

Bulls Mas­ters se­cure vic­tory

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

CRICKET: It wasn’t quite the bang the cricket as­so­ci­a­tion hoped for when the lights flick­ered out last Thurs­day night.

The Melon Big Bash had gone off without a hitch in the af­ter­noon, as hun­dreds rolled up for a per­fect even­ing of cricket.

All 500 adult wrist­bands sold out and, for those who con­tin­ued to pour in af­ter, there were no more wrist­bands to of­fer.

Even when the wind picked up and blew in dust from the east, cricket as­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Craig Scutch­ings said it couldn’t spoil the beau­ti­ful, warm night.

But then, at about 9.15pm, the re­cre­ation grounds were swal­lowed up in dark­ness.

An elec­tri­cal is­sue shut off the flood­lights, leav­ing the game un­fin­ished, the can­teen dark­ness and the fridges all turned off.

“Un­for­tu­nately it was the end of the night for sure,” Scutch­ings said.

Thank­fully it came at the end of the game and, to be hon­est, the re­sult of the match be­tween the Queens­land Bulls Mas­ters and Chin­chilla and Dis­trict Wa­ter­mel­ons was a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

“The Queens­land Bulls Mas­ters had very much taken con­trol,” he said.

Un­til that point, the game had been a rel­a­tively lows­cor­ing af­fair but, with some mag­nif­i­cent catches, the crowd stayed in­volved.

“The crowd was very thick and spread right around the oval which was re­ally good to see, so we sus­pect some­where up­wards of 900 to 1000 peo­ple (at­tended),” Scutch­ings said.

“The crick­eters were pretty keen to see some good for­mer crick­eters but also Al­lan Langer.

“Al­fie Langer was one of the best NRL play­ers Queens­land has ever had. He was there, he didn’t do very well at the cricket but he was a drawcard, and same with An­drew Gee.

“I think it’s great to get high-qual­ity crick­eters out here and very ex­pe­ri­enced guys from the Queens­land team and Aus­tralian team.

“Ev­ery­one was well be­haved, it was just a good night of cricket all around.”

PHOTO: BROOKE DUN­CAN

BIG BASH: Al­fie Langer, with the Queens­land Bulls Mas­ters, takes to the field at the Melon Big Bash T20 at the Chin­chilla Re­cre­ation Grounds on Thurs­day.

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