DEVILS WIN: The Devils celebrate a wicket.
DEVILS WIN: The Devils celebrate a wicket. Claudia Williams

Kingaroy claim Gympie two-day championship

CRICKET: The Southern District Devils are the Gympie two-day champions following their victory over the Murgon Crusaders on Saturday.

It was a slow start to the third day of play on Saturday due to the wet conditions.

Captain of the Devils, Hayden Wieck, said that the team were motivated to play.

"There was a lot of belief that we could get the job done, but with a wicket like that there are always doubts,” he said.

"It would have been nice to play on a dry track but it wasn't to be.”

Going into the final day of play Devils were ahead having claimed the first innings however, they had to wait to take the field with play was delayed due to the conditions.

"It was a pretty slow day given it had been wet all week,” he said.

"We were sitting round from 10.30 am and it was 2.45pm by the time the wicket had dried and we started playing.”

Despite the conditions on the final day Wieck was proud of the teams efforts.

"We are really happy with the win, and the boys have put in all year,” he said.

It was the performance with the bat by teams young players Luke Smith and Tyler Heness that sealed the win for the Devils.

"We were eight for 40 and for those guys to bat the way they did and hold out Murgoin it was a prety good effort,” Wieck said.

It is the first year the two South Burnett clubs have played in the Gympie competition.

It has been a successful move for South Burnett cricket with the Murgon Crusaders taking out the one day competition and the Devils wrapping it up with victory in the two day competition.

"It s a step that had to be made but I think it was the right call to make,” Wieck said.

The move has not only showcased the strength of cricket in the South Burnett but has sent a message to the Gympie sides that they need to lift their game ahead of next season.

With young talent in their side Wieck hopes the Devils can continue to be a force in the competition for upcoming seasons.

"We have always tried to push the young guys and the bulk of the side is made up of 18 to 25 year-olds,” he said.

"It is good to have a bit of experience and the young blokes that are willing to put in every week.”