FAITHFUL: Shannon Eastcott braves the rain to support Royal Hotel Mundubbera's Bottom Pub over-40s team.
FAITHFUL: Shannon Eastcott braves the rain to support Royal Hotel Mundubbera's Bottom Pub over-40s team. Alex Treacy

Rain no delay for 7-a-side cricketers

IN THE end, it was bittersweet.

So long spent waiting, praying for rain, only for it to sheet down during the finals of the Mundubbera 7-a-side cricket carnival last night, having threatened all day with an inky blanket of clouds.

One gentleman overheard in the crowd summed up the prevailing feeling.

"You can't whinge about the rain when it finally comes.”

Although it only rained for 20 minutes, with 1mm measured by the Bureau of Meteorology, the monsoonal trough up north combined with a ridge of high pressure in the Tasman Sea to whip up a strong easterly wind which drove the rain sideways under the clubhouse eaves at Archer Park, sending spectators scurrying deeper inside.

At the time, in the over-40s division, the Royal Hotel Mundubbera's Bottom Pub team had just gone in to bat, chasing Windera's imposing score of 99.

POURING: Despite sheeting down rain for 20 minutes, there was no pause in play at the Mundubbera 7-a-side cricket carnival.
POURING: Despite sheeting down rain for 20 minutes, there was no pause in play at the Mundubbera 7-a-side cricket carnival. Alex Treacy

With the sodden outfield and soft ball, they weren't in with a chance.

One attempted heave over cow-corner resulted in the batsman's bat flying out to the square leg umpire, so hard had it become to grip anything.

Bottom Pub's Malcolm "Junior” Brown was watching his team's batting performance and said the team wasn't happy with their bowling performance so they were chasing the game regardless.

"It doesn't matter,” he beamed.

"All that matters is the teams have a great day. Everyone's a winner.

"It's a bit unfortunate but you can't tell mother nature what to do.

"We were runners-up last year. We were hoping to do one better this year.”

Bottom Pub finished on 56.