CHAMPIONS: The Legends team took out the annual Cricket Sevens event yet again on the weekend. Back: Captain Mark Gaskell, John Bell, Scott Williams, Simon Milton and Russell Townsend. Centre: Warrick Glaves, Tony Hird, Peter Clifford and David Russell. Front: Darren Coutts.
CHAMPIONS: The Legends team took out the annual Cricket Sevens event yet again on the weekend. Back: Captain Mark Gaskell, John Bell, Scott Williams, Simon Milton and Russell Townsend. Centre: Warrick Glaves, Tony Hird, Peter Clifford and David Russell. Front: Darren Coutts.

Legends take out cricket comp

CRICKET

REIGNING champions the Legends have once again proved they are the team to beat when it comes to seven-a-side cricket.

The team of former Queensland cricketers held onto their title of 'champions' when they took out the 20th annual Whitsunday Cricket Sevens competition at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds in Proserpine last weekend.

Having been part of the competition since its inception 20 years ago, the Legends have always been envied by rival teams.

But once again the level-heads of the Legends got them over line in a high scoring final against the Bowen Raiders.

Legends captain Mark Gaskell said although his players may not have been as young and fit as some of the other teams, it was the amount of experience on the pitch that helped them retain their crown.

"That's where we tend to get it over the younger guys," he said.

"Experience shines through."

The Raiders gave the Legends a scare early on day one of the competition but that wasn't enough to stop them on their way to final glory.

Raiders manager Tony Menzies said his side had a great weekend, regardless of the result.

"They were the better team at the end of the day. They deserved to win," he said.

"It was a good fun weekend all-round.

"The boys are really happy and we've all locked it in for next year again."

The Legends won the $800 in first place prize money, but as they always have done, donated it straight back to the club.

And they intend to do the same again next year.

"We keep coming back because we like putting something back into cricket, especially country cricket," Gaskell said.

"It's just enjoyable to be up there and be part of it."

While much of the focus was on having a win or two, the Whitsunday Sevens once again lived up to its name of being a very 'social' event.

In the Social A division it was Deep South who got the better of the Beachboys in the final, while it was the Mad Cow Legendettes who had the last laugh in the Social B comp when they beat the Drunken Monkez.

The annual competition was also the major fundraiser for the Proserpine Cricket Association.

While funds are still being counted to find a final tally, organiser Sally Lucht said the competition was once again a great affair for players, spectators, umpires and organisers alike.

"It was a very successful carnival," she said.

"All of us [committee members] were extremely happy with the way it went.

"We were happy with what [fundraising] we achieved. It helps us for the foreseeable future anyway."

This was the 20th and last sevens competition Lucht and her fellow organisers will arrange.

She said she hoped someone would put up their hand next year to ensure this strong tradition would survive for many years to come.

BEST AND FAIREST

Open - Andrew Mawhirt (Bowen Raiders)

Social A - Lee Watts (Beachboys)

Social B - Gillian Holcombe (Mad Cow Legendettes)

CRICKET SEVENS WINNERS

Open - The Legends

Social A - Deep South

Social B - Mad Cow Legendettes


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