RICE PADDY: Heavy rain has turned Yaralla Oval into a saturated playing field that has caused cricket to be washed out in Gladstone this weekend. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer
RICE PADDY: Heavy rain has turned Yaralla Oval into a saturated playing field that has caused cricket to be washed out in Gladstone this weekend. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer NICK KOSSATCH

Cricket and softball games in likely wash-out

THE week-long bout of torrential rain has caused havoc in this weekend's round of cricket and softball fixtures.

All cricket games on Saturday have been cancelled with only an under-12 match at Wests school a chance to be played.

"The grounds have not been prepared and it is highly unlikely that any cricket will be played this weekend," Gladstone Cricket Incorporated secretary Tracey Slatter said.

"Usually what they do is make a decision on the morning of the games, but Friday night's under-17 matches have been called and I'm pretty sure the other senior and junior matches will be called off."

Showers are forecast for Saturday with conditions improving on Sunday.

GCI president Mal Carlyon was not confident in any play over the weekend.

"The games at Yaralla have been called off in all grades," he said.

Boyne-Tannum Sands Cricket Club president Nev Judd said there is a chance Sunday's B-grade match between BITS and The Glen could go ahead, but the reserve grade game between Yaralla and BITS Colts on Saturday has been abandoned.

When asked as to whether the switch to playing cricket during the winter months has been considered, Slatter said it's not going to happen.

"There are also not enough grounds and facilities to play and with AFL, rugby league and union to compete with in sharing the ground, it's impossible," Slatter said.

All Gladstone Softball Association matches have been cancelled on Saturday.

NICK KOSSATCH

NO PLAY

DEFINITE: All Saturday cricket and softball games

PROBABLE: Saturday under-12 cricket match at Wests school, all cricket games on Sunday



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