Crows question match fixing

THE Gibson XI versus Crow XI had all the drama you would expect from this annual family pride cricket challenge at Rockhampton's Juds Park on Saturday.

It was a Gibson victory this year, a 20-run win, extending the family's record to five wins and three losses over this cricket showpiece's eight-year history.

Seering heat and humidity had the players racing to that first cold ale at the first drinks break and refreshments were readily required after that point.

Later that evening Crow team member Neale Crow was adament about the reason for the Gibson's victory this year.

"I'm blaming the weather,'' Neale said.

It was this weather that forced the cancellation of Southern Star Sports Shield A grade fixtures al- lowing Brothers players Scott Mansfield and Eden Keliher to line-up for the Gibson XI.

However, later on Saturday night another potential reason for the Gibson victory was discovered.

While the Crow XI were spending their lunch break relaxing by a pool it has been revealed that the Gibson XI, forced to remain at the hot ground and order take-away for lunch, slightly extended the boundary by 10 to 15 metres.

A showcase of raw cricket talent and new faces to the Crow XI made mixed debuts.

Comets coach Matt Parish is sure to cement his place for another year after taking 6/6, however, Sea FM's Daniel "Smithy'' Smith is on shaky ground.

Opening the bowling, Smithy was forced from the field in the first over after a Nick Daley drive connected with his foot.

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