Fuse blows at bash
Bulls Masters secure victory
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.”
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.