Team just wants fun
FOR a "bunch of wannabes'' the Middlemount Carpet Snakes are winners every year ? on and off the cricket field.
Middlemount tasted their first loss of this year's The Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Cricket Country Week Carnival at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds yesterday.
Still on a high from their opening-round fourth-grade turf success, Middlemount crashed to a 15-run loss to Calliope Colts.
Chasing just 80 for victory, the Middlemount boys, who made their country week debut 15 years ago, were rolled for 65.
"They're just a bunch of wannabes,'' said Middlemount team organiser and scorer Peta Oram, who is chasing a piece of the action today.
"We didn't get as many ducks as we did on the first day but some of the guys reckon they're going to burn the scorebook.''
For the record, Middlemount scored five ducks on day one, but still managed 9/111 thanks to Peter Ledger's quickfire 61 run innings from 34 balls.
But country week is all about fun for this team of "wannabes''.
"They do a lot of shift work so it's really hard to get a team out there on a regular basis.
"We come away once a year to play some cricket and have a good time,'' Oram explained.
An unbeaten 108 run innings from Paul Sander yesterday in Pink Lily's 6/170 against Wowan, who were all out for 121 in their first-grade concrete match, were among the day two highlights.