The conditions were tailor made for cricket.
The conditions were tailor made for cricket. Adam McCleery

Rebels start off new season with win

THE Rebels have started off the 2016/17 Mundubbera Cricket Association's season as best as you can with a dominant win over the Wanderers.

Rebels bowler Braeden Darlington was happy to be back out on the cricket pitch and is looking forward to the season ahead.

"It feels very good to get back out there I've been looking forward to it for a while, cricket season is always a good time of year for me and being back out here with the guys is going to be a lot of fun,” Darlington said.

"We managed to win today with quiet a few overs left to play. We had some good partnerships in the middle order which helped is get over the line,” he said.

"Sometimes you can get through those first games quickly, so once we started to get going they fell one after the other through the middle order.”

The middle order collapse by the Wanderers came quickly after lunch and the game was finished by early afternoon.

"It was good that we managed to get a few cheap wickets to help make up for some dropped catches earlier on,” Darlington said.

"Including one that I dropped, it's never a good feeling when you are the one that drops the ball, so those quick wickets helped us get the momentum back,” he said.

"We kept them to a pretty low score that we were able to chase down pretty easy in the end.”

Darlington realises the first game of a season makes it hard to gauge how the team will go.

"We always like to think we can do well but it really is hard to tell right away,” Darlington said.

"So we will build that up as a team and as the season progresses, every team likes to come out and try to win every game.”

Despite that, Darlington remains optimistic for this season after a good win by his team.

"Hopefully we can keep this momentum going, if you can get off to a good start you like to try and maintain that for as many games as you can and if we can maintain it all year then we will be in a really good place I think.”

Wanderers captain Jack George said while he was disappointed in the result, he was happy with how his team went in their first hit out for the season.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to make enough runs, which is obvious by the result, but this is the first game for the whole season so all in all we were pretty happy with our performance,” George said.

While Darlington didn't get to take any wickets in the first game, he said he was ready to step up and topple the stumps when given the chance.

"I am looking forward to getting a chance to bowl again, I think that is where my game is strongest,” Darlington said.

"I am just thankful we got a game at all because there was a good chance of rain which is never good when you are going to play a game of cricket.”

Ben Slack was the highest run scorer for the Rebels posting 52 runs before being out LBW to a Mitch Ballen ball while the highest run scorer for the Wanderers was Damien George on 40 runs.

George hopes to see more improvement in the Wanderers batting line up as the season progresses.

"When it comes to what we need to address we will have to manage to score more runs and probably be more patient with our batting,” he said.

"The trick for us will be knowing when to slow things down and take our time at the crease and use up all the overs available to us.”

This game started at 10am instead of noon and George put out the question to both teams how they felt about starting early in finishing before the brutal heat of the later afternoon.

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