Cricket captain hits at night light
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE captain Brett Rideout has questioned the move to introduce day/night fixtures for the 2005/06 Gladstone Cricket A grade season after his side was hammered by The Glen at Clinton Oval No.1 on Saturday night.
Chasing The Glen's total of 163, Calliope folded in just 20 overs to be dismissed for 49, handing The Glen its first victory of the season.
Rideout said his batsmen had difficulty seeing the ball under the ground's lighting system, especially during the period when the lights were switched on but some sunlight remained.
'Day/nighters are great in theory but it's too tough for the side batting second,' Rideout said.
'The worst part was during the transition period ... it was too dark to see.
'However, The Glen were the better side ? we were just not good enough.'
Calliope lost its first four wick-ets for just seven runs, including opener Ken Wogandt off the first ball of the innings, during the transition time and never recovered with only allrounder Garry Eddy (10) reaching double figures.
The Glen's captain David Jefferis topped off a fine effort with the bat to snare 4-13 off eight overs while David Legge-Nicholls (2-13), Rowan Murray (2-17) and Lance Mazzer (1-2) also chipped in with the ball.
Earlier, Jefferis had top-scored for The Glen with 37 after his side faced 46.2 of its allotted 50 overs. He received good late order support from Clint Hagerty (23) who, with No.11 Michael Heymer (13 not out), added 34 valuable runs for the last wicket. Calliope new-ball pair Scott Tippet (3-17) and Dan Williams (443) made considerable inroads through The Glen's batting order, ensuring their side would not have a big score to chase.
However, The Glen's total proved to be more than adequate as they quickly carved out a 114-run win.