Covid, rain dampen cricket matches

Tewantin Noosa U15 Juniors play State Summer Carnival. Photos: Craig Slaney

Randall Woodley

All cricket matches in South-East Queensland were called off last weekend due to the Covid-19 Lockdowns in this area of the state. The wet weather would have stopped matches progressing even if Queensland Cricket had not made this decision. However, during the holiday period some of the local Tewantin-Noosa Club’s junior players were involved in cricket matches, representing the Sunshine Coast in various age groups and playing in state championships. One of these championships was the State Under 15 Summer Carnival which was played at Read Park Tewantin, Cooroy and Coolum ovals. Local TNT cricketers, Ethan Slaney (9 wickets) and Tom Daly (8 wickets) were the outstanding bowlers in their teams. Their team, Sunshine Coast won three of the five matches they played with the last being washed out.

Next Saturday all the Thunder senior teams will play One-Day matches due to the cancellation of Day 1 of their two-day matches. With the season’s ladder very tight in all the grades, it will be important for every team to ensure they win their respective matches.

GRADE 1: Currently the team is 4th on the ladder behind, Glasshouse, Maroochydore and Caboolture but well ahead of the fifth team. It is almost certain that these four teams will play-off in the semi-finals but the order in how they finish will be important. (Home semi-finals etc.) Next Saturday the boys will play he Nambour Cutters who are running 6th, in a 50-overs a side match at Read Park. Then following will be games against Coolum (7th place), Caloundra (8th) and Caboolture (3rd.) The team that will take the field this Saturday will be one of the strongest of the season with middle order batsman and off-break bowler Dom Taylor returning from injury.

GREDE 3: The Thirds have improved their position on the ladder and are now running second behind leaders Maroochydore Swans. This Saturday they are away to Cooroy-Eumundi (4th Place) at their ground. After that they have matches against two top-four teams and will finish the season against 7th placed Glasshouse Rangers.

GRADE 5: The boys have moved up the ladder and are sitting in 4th place. This weekend they are away to 7th placed Maleny which will be a very crucial match in the ladder placings. Their next two games are against teams lower than them on the ladder but their final game is against Maroochydore who are top of the ladder. This match could be a rehearsal for the Grand Final.

GRADE 6: The team has some big matches ahead to win if they are to figure in the semi-finals in March. They are currently running 6th and will play 4th placed Nambour next Saturday at Dale Officer Oval in a 40 overs match.

Tewantin Noosa Junior cricketers Ethan Slaney and Tom Daly represented the Sunshine Coast in the U15 State Summer Carnival held here in Noosa, Cooroy and Coolum. The boys played very well in what was a very competitive week of cricket , leading the teams wicket taking with 9 and 8 wickets respectively. The Sunshine Coast won 3 out of 5 matches with the 6 th match rained out.

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