In-form Yaralla opening batsman Rob Johnson shapes as one of his team?s key players in today?s clash against BITS.
In-form Yaralla opening batsman Rob Johnson shapes as one of his team?s key players in today?s clash against BITS.

Cricketers set clocks for early resumption

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

AFTER a festive New Year break, Gladstone's A grade cricketers will have to set their alarm clocks early for today's first fixtures of 2006.

With the region's top players off to Emerald this afternoon for tomorrow's Central Queensland Cricket Championships, today's A and reserve grade games are scheduled to start at 9am.

Yaralla and BITS are keen to start the New Year with a bang when they meet in what promises a mouthwatering clash at Yaralla.

With the grand final drawing closer at the conclusion of each round, both are keen to cut the lead of top team Brothers who have the bye this round.

BITS haven't played since late November, but will fancy their chances against a Yaralla team who won by four runs in last year's final round.

Lucas Hall, Carl Watt and Dan Gelder are enjoying good seasons, while skipper Jaysen Chilcott can be relied upon to play a key knock when needed. On the flip side, Yaralla have their own fair share of matchwinners such as captain Troy Webster, Jay Stevens and form opener Rob Johnson. In such a key match, a correct call at the toss could prove crucial.

In today's one-day clash, The Glen hosts bottom side Calliope at Sun Valley Oval.

Skipper David Jefferis has been a star for The Glen so far this season and he is sure to have a major say in this clash. If the Calliope boys can restrict his influence, they could be well on the way to victory.

The 35 overs a side promotes an entertaining brand of cricket, so spectators can expect to see lots of big shots. A reminder that reserve grade games are also in action today, while the B grade boys return to action tomorrow.

A grade draw Yaralla v BITS at Yaralla, The Glen v Calliope at Sun Valley. Reserve grade draw Brothers v BITS at Clinton 1, Calliope v Yaralla at Calliope.



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