In the lap of the heavens
CRICKET: Four junior premierships were up for grabs, but only two teams had the chance at ultimate glory early tomorrow afternoon.
The under-17 decider between minor premiers Yaralla and Boyne Island-Tannum Sands has been washed out after almost three inches of rain fell over Gladstone since Tuesday night.
It means Yaralla, which finished the season on top of the table, has won the premiership without a ball being bowled.
Gladstone Cricket Incorporated secretary Tracey Slatter said it was too high of a risk for the game to be played.
"I've spoken to the groundsman Chad Gilmour and he knows his stuff because he does it full-time,” Slatter said.
"He said that there's no way the pitch could be prepared in time because it has to be rolled.
"Unfortunately mother nature has decided for us.”
The U17 presentations will still go ahead from 5pm today at Yaralla Oval.
Last night's preliminary final between BITS and Brothers was washed out which meant Brothers were automatically removed from the scheduled grand final race as the team finished in third place.
It's all BITS at Clinton's number one and two ovals tomorrow from 8am in the U14 and U12 games.
The U14 decider is between BITS Heat and BITS 6ers and their skipper Clayton Box said chances must be taken.
"They finished on top and if we hold on to our catches, then we have a great chance of winning,” Clayton said.
Heat captain Adam Hull hopes to take a few wickets with his medium pacers and will look to others to step up.
"Bill Dwan opens the batting with me and Will Fritz will open the bowling,” Adam said.
BITS Strikers and BITS Hurricanes meet in the U12s.
Strikers' captain Jack Shepherd has shown he can produce with bat and ball.
"I made a 50 and took 7-1 against Brothers earlier this season and this is my first grand final,” Jack said.
Batting all-rounder and opposing captain Jimmy Fritz hopes teammate Kye Croft can get among the runs in the number three or four spot.
"This is also my first grand final and it'll be a close game,” Jimmy said.