PROUD PLAYERS: The fledging Rainbow Beach, sponsored by Rainbow Beach Sports Club, Rainbow Beach Meats and Rainbow Beach Adventure Co, (back, from left), Calvin “Parrot” Hutchinson, Shane Irving, Craig Killalea, Michael Anderson, Murray Everett, Bryon Rush and Darren Timms; (front) Kurtis Everett, vice captain Steven Hiley, president and captain Merv O’Neill, Andrew Simpson and Nick Lattanzi.
PROUD PLAYERS: The fledging Rainbow Beach, sponsored by Rainbow Beach Sports Club, Rainbow Beach Meats and Rainbow Beach Adventure Co, (back, from left), Calvin “Parrot” Hutchinson, Shane Irving, Craig Killalea, Michael Anderson, Murray Everett, Bryon Rush and Darren Timms; (front) Kurtis Everett, vice captain Steven Hiley, president and captain Merv O’Neill, Andrew Simpson and Nick Lattanzi. Contributed

Cricket: Flying start for Rainbow Beach

CRICKET: At least 11 Rainbow Beach men will not be surfing, fishing, or in the garden at the weekend this summer.

Instead, they'll be donning their whites, gloves and boxes and taking to the cricket pitch.

The recently inaugurated Rainbow Beach Cricket Club has joined the Gympie Cricket Association's summer competition and they've already off to a great start.

The "first XI" hit the Jack Ison Oval, at One Mile, Gympie, on Saturday for the first day of a two-day match against Gympie West.

"We lost the toss so we bowled first," captain and club president Merv O'Neill said yesterday.

"We bowled 'em out for 132 runs.

"Best of all, Nick Lattanzi took a hat-trick," O'Neill said.

At stumps on Saturday, the Rainbow team was in a good position, on three for 34.

The match resumes for the second day on Saturday, also at the Jack Ison Oval, at 12.45pm.

"Our first home game will be the weekend after (October 3) at the Rainbow Beach Oval, starting at 12.45pm."

The team is in good shape, with no injures sustained on Saturday.

"We're ready for the season ahead.

"We train on Thursdays, at 2.30pm and we've already been having a great turn out of players.

"We're also looking toward having a junior team, maybe next year," O'Neill said.

O'Neill said it was a great start for the fledging team on Saturday.

"It was a great day.

"We were made very welcome by Gympie Cricket, by the umpire, the opposition - who were great to play against - and we couldn't be happier.

"We're all looking forward to the season ahead," O'Neill said.