There wasn’t a ball bowled on the first day of the under-15 development carnival due to heavy rain.
There wasn’t a ball bowled on the first day of the under-15 development carnival due to heavy rain. MAX FLEET Cria

Rain a dampener on day one

CRICKET: The opening day of Bundaberg Cricket Association’s (BCA) under-15 development carnival was stopped short yesterday before it even began.

Play was called off at 11am following heavy showers overnight and persistent rain during the morning.

BCA secretary Richie Giles said it was a disappointment that no game was able to start, but it never looked likely as large pools of water remained on the covers and in the outfield at Salter Oval all day.

Bundaberg was slated to play Brisbane North yesterday, but will now wait for their first chance today against Gold Coast.

“It’s not the start we were hoping for – not a ball being bowled – but hopefully we will have better luck on Tuesday and we will get some play in,” he said.

Pre-tournament talk of Bundaberg enduring one of the driest periods on record has come back to haunt Giles.

But forecasts indicate it will not be a completely wet week.

“I think I might have jinxed everyone when I said that. We haven’t had any disturbances from rain so far this season, but it was only a matter of time,” he said.

According to Bureau of Meteorology forecasts, today and tomorrow will clear up, but some showers may creep back into the region by Thursday.

The tournament has been an annual effort by the BCA for some time now, giving those cricketers who missed out on state championship selection last year a chance to play representative cricket.

A team from Northern Territory has even made the trip, competing against regional outfits from across Queensland.

It is a unique tournament and something the BCA devotes countless hours to, providing umpires, coordinators and officials for the five-day event.

Brothers import Chris Powell is coaching the Bundaberg team, an added bonus for his players, who get the benefit of a foreign cricketing insight and coaching method to improve their game.

If the skies clear and play gets underway today, Brisbane North will play Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs face Metropolitan South West and South East Queensland line up against Northern Territory.

After impressive seasons so far for their respective clubs, Matt Gavin, Ryan Norton, Ibbi Zia and Ben Lanskey will be among the local boys looking to shine at Salter Oval today.

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