Cricket season start delayed

WORK on Albert Park's number 2 oval has delayed the Gympie Cricket season a week later than scheduled.

A Grade cricket fixtures were to start this weekend.

Gympie cricket president Troy Rowlands said Gympie Regional Council had removed trees on the river side of the field to improve drainage, and work still hadn't finished.

"Unfortunately we are short of grounds," Rowlands said.

He said the first ball would now be bowled on Saturday September 24.

The Gympie cricket season usually starts off with a 20Twenty competition but this year that competition has been put back. The big bash competition will now start Sunday October 30.

Rowlands said Gympie Cricket had joined forces with Sue Manton from Little Haven Palliative Care for the 20 Twenty to help raise funds for the charity organisation.

Team nominations are now available, by contacting Troy Rowlands on 0423 819 064.

The Gympie Gold, under the guidance of new coach Greg Waugh, will start its cricket campaign on October 8.

Waugh will keep an eye on local form before choosing a side for the opening encounter.