BRAGGING RIGHTS: The Diamantina Devils, from Winton, won the seven-a-side cricket day in Alpha.
BRAGGING RIGHTS: The Diamantina Devils, from Winton, won the seven-a-side cricket day in Alpha. Contributed

Balmy conditions for annual Alpha cricket clash

IN TEMPERATURES topping 45 degrees, cricket teams took to the Alpha fields for the annual seven-a-side cricket day on Saturday.

Run by the Isolated Children's Parents' Association Alpha Branch, publicity officer Vonda Kimber said the day went really well, despite the soaring temperatures.

"We sold lots of drinks," Kimber said with a laugh.

"We had 28 teams which allowed each team to have three games."

Playing on debut, the Diamantina Devils from Winton won the competition against Rockhampton team Live Action.

The winning team is not only awarded the top trophy but also the honour that comes with it, branch spokeswoman Gayle Donaldson said.

"The competition has been going for about 20 years. It is gaining success and very sought after," she said.

Winning is everything with teams going to great lengths to have the chance of raising the winning trophy.

A team from Emerald received a boost to its playing ranks with former Queensland Bulls swing bowler Chris Swan lending a helping hand.

There is no distance too great for participants, Donaldson said, as teams travel from all around the region.

One side made the trek to Alpha from north of Moranbah.

"One man on my husband's team got up at 3.30am to play," Donaldson said.

"People enjoyed it, despite the 45-degree heat."

The day was a success for the ICPA Alpha Branch which will receive about $10,000 from the event.


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