THE annual Whitsunday 7s cricket competition scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled for the first time in 18 years.
The storm that swept through the region on Monday forced the Whitsunday 7s organising committee to make the “heartbreaking” decision at their meeting on Tuesday as the grounds were deemed unfit for play.
Competition organiser Sally Lucht said the committee was very disappointed that the competition could not go ahead.
“After 18 years the weather has beaten us,” she said.
“It was just too wet and with more rain forecast, we just couldn't do it.
“It was all set to go ahead, then we had that massive storm and that was the end of that.”
With close to 20 teams registered and players travelling from Bowen, Townsville, Mackay and Brisbane the event was expected to be another great success.
Lucht said that after seven months of organisation, it was sad to see the annual 7s competition cancelled.
This decision adds to the woes for Whitsunday cricketers who have been unable to twirl their wrist or don their whites for over a month due to poor weather conditions.
This drought will continue over the next month with the next competition match not scheduled until January 8 in the New Year.
Valleys captain Aaron Regan said it was disappointing to not be able to play but said it was expected in the Whitsunday climate.
“There's not much you can do about it,” he said.
“They [the greenkeepers] need to be commended on what they've done.
“It actually raises the question for the possibility of winter cricket.
“It's something I'm definitely looking into but it'll all be about getting numbers.”
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