Tim Eyles makes it easy for the umpire when clean bowled off the first ball while batting for Cap Coast in the Country Carnival.
Tim Eyles makes it easy for the umpire when clean bowled off the first ball while batting for Cap Coast in the Country Carnival. Allan Reinikka

Cricket a big hit in Rocky

THE names may be unorthodox but the cricket proved to be as good as ever with Emerald team Dad and Dave winning division one on turf.

Organisers can finally thank the weather gods, with the Rockhampton Country Cricket Carnival played in perfect conditions over the weekend.

President of Rockhampton Cricket Peter Wells said some of the regular teams had not entered this year, with the tournament rescheduled for the Easter weekend.

“We had hoped for about 30 teams and finished with 29, we are pretty happy with that,” Wells said.

This is not the first time the carnival has been staged over Easter. Wells said it was switched about three years ago due to rain early in the year and on that occasion it also attracted about 30 teams.

The competition retained its familiar format of divisions being played on turf and others nominating to play on concrete. Of the divisions, the biggest was the bottom division on concrete – the most social section.

Wells said the tournament also produced its regular mixture of high and low scores with some of the teams putting together very competitive units while others enter mainly for the social side. Apart from the winning teams there were also good individual statistics. On turf the best batting was recorded by Mark Dunne who hit 133 runs from 66 balls in one of the games, while bowling Duaringa team-mate Neil Saunders was in form taking 6-24.

On concrete Tony Wallace of Scurvy Dogs had scores of 147 and 57 to take the News 2U sponsored prize while the bowling award went to Les House of Meat Ants who took 3-3 in one game and four wickets for seven runs in another.

Other winners on turf: 2nd division Motley Smutercs, 3rd Raymo’s Rebels, 4th Suck and See. On concrete 1st division was won by St Lawrence, 2nd Shunters and 3rd Cawarral.



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