Cricket Corner

James Worthington

It’s been a shaky start to the Cricket season for the Rainbow Beach Cricket. The boys have had a tough start to the season only racking up one single win in the first 3 games.

The first match of the season took place at the home of Rainbow Cricket, Carlo Road oval as the boys in red took on the reigning champions of the competition, Gympie Colts. The Colts captain won the toss and chose to bat first. After a tough session the innings ended with Colts making 9-138, majority of the runs coming from batsmen Adrian Fish (52). Rainbow Beach chased down the difficult score with 4 overs to spare, a fantastic start to the season.

Moving into round 2, another home game, this time against Valley’s. Once again captain Merv O’neill lost the toss and was forced into bowling first against quality opposition. After a fantastic opening partnership by, James Loose (23) and Nevin Varghese (45*), Valleys put on 141 runs. The Rainbow boys went out to bat with the rain fast approaching. The boys struggled and found it difficult to bat in the conditions, Valleys eventually bowling Rainbow out for only 98 runs.

A bye in round 3 meant Rainbow were keen to play once again at home in round 4. Wests were now the opponents, undefeated so far this season. Rainbow Beach lost a third straight toss and once again found themselves bowling first, fantastic bowling from Rob Long (3-41), was overshadowed by several mistakes in the field and superb batting from Wests captain Craig Sorrell (68). His efforts leaving Rainbow a difficult score of 183 to chase down. The score proved to be too much for Rainbow Beach as our boys were eventually rolled for only 89 runs. As the ladder stands Rainbow Beach find themselves in 4th place.

For anyone wishing to come down and watch our boys play, our home games for this month are on the 23rd and 30th of November, against Harlequins and Colts respectively. For anyone wishing to get involved in the club in any way contact Merv at mervoneill@hotmail.com .