Rain disrupts opening round of cricket season
FIVE South Burnett teams will have to wait for their first taste of cricket for the season after the weekend's opening-round games between the Kingaroy Devils and Blackbutt Timbertowners, and Cherbourg and Kumbia were washed out.
But in Nanango, the Scorpions persisted through rain delays and played a modified 26-over game to get their first win of the season by 49 runs against the Kingaroy Services.
Nanango player Jay Steinhardt said batting first and playing 15 overs before the rain started to fall, proved to be an advantage.
Steinhardt was the top run scorer for the day, making 79 runs not out and building a partnership of 100 runs with teammate Dan O'Connor, who fell just short of his half century to be dismissed on 49 runs.
"It was tricky after the rain, the pitch was slippery and it was slower, making hitting boundaries harder,” he said.
Terry Forbes was best with the bat for Services with 26 runs.
In his first game as captain, Stephen Kirkland drew on his valuable experience, making the right calls to help his side to victory.
"He didn't panic when the batters were hitting us a little bit, which they had to do to chase us. He just stuck to his guns,” Steinhardt said.
It was an ideal start for a young team who impressed last season, but Steinhardt said it would be a different competition this year due to the return of the Kingaroy Devils.
"I think it will be a tougher season with the A-grade team back and players dispersing into other teams but we have a good young side,” he said.
In the other game of the day, Dane Bloomfield was the top scorer for the Kallindale Warriors on 59 runs, helping the team to a 123-run win over the Wondai Wolves.
J. Reilly made 50 runs and dismissed four Wondai batsmen for six runs off six overs.
J. Hobbs was Wondai's best bowler, claiming two wickets for 25 runs off eight overs, while F Hobbs was the team's best batsman, scoring 34 runs.