CATCHING PRACTICE: David, 13, works on his catching at the Wanderers cricket coaching clinic held at Liz Cunningham Park.
CATCHING PRACTICE: David, 13, works on his catching at the Wanderers cricket coaching clinic held at Liz Cunningham Park. Matt Taylor GLA250818CRIC

Successful season tipped at new Calliope grounds

CRICKET: Calliope Cricket Club president and player Russell Williams said Saturday's junior clinic and exhibition match was a great launchpad on the eve of the cricket season.

Williams hopes the clinic and game - held at Calliope's new cricket grounds at Liz Cunningham Park - will attract new senior and junior players.

"There were probably a few more juniors turn up than what I expected and we probably had 15 or 16 juniors there," he said.

Former Australian and Queensland Test fast bowler Geoff Dymock gave the youngsters some valuable tips.

"The Wanderers boys and Geoff Dymock gave them a pretty good workout so that was better attended than what I thought it might have been," Williams said.

The president said the pitch played well considering it was the first time it had been used.

"If we can get the field up to how we want it and all that, it's going to be an exceptional set-up and ground and a great place to play," he said.

Calliope, which plays in the Gladstone Cricket Incorporated B-grade competition and also fields two and possibly three junior teams, will have its first senior training session and junior sign-on day on Sunday, September 9, from 10am.

"It always comes around pretty quick and you sort of get unawares and then you get into it and away you go," Williams said.

For the record, Wanderers defeated a Calliope team made up of players such as BITS all-rounder Terry Sawyer and The Glen opening bowler Chad Gilmour.

Sawyer snared five wickets, while Scott Gibbs made 59.

People interested to play for Calliope Cricket Club can phone Russell Williams on 0417 790 263.

CRICKET CLUB CONTACT DETAILS

Gladstone Brothers: Scott Kiersnowski - gladstonebrotherscc@yahoo.com.au (Clinton sports grounds near airport). Yaralla: Matt Fairhall - 0438 352 301; yarallacricket@hotmail.com (Yaralla Sports Club). The Glen: Brendan Schluter - 0412 504 301; bigschluter@gmail.com (corner Sun Valley Rd and Mercury St near Kin Kora School).

Calliope: Russell Williams - 0417 790 263; 50russell50@gmail.com (Racecourse Rd, Calliope).

BITS: Nev Judd - 0459 091 196; bitscc@yahoo.com.au (Boyne Island-Tannum Sands)



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