STAING LOCAL: The Devils are preparing to return to the SAouth Burnett B-grade competition starting on Saturday.
STAING LOCAL: The Devils are preparing to return to the SAouth Burnett B-grade competition starting on Saturday. Claudia Williams

Team returns to local comp as South Burnett season starts

NINE teams will contest the South Burnett B-grade cricket competition this season with the first games to be played this weekend.

The competition has grown this year with the Devils making the decision to withdraw from the Gympie A-grade competition.

President of South Burnett cricket and Devils captain Hayden Wieck said travelling to the Gympie region for a game proved to take a toll on the team and was the reason behind their withdrawal from the higher level of competition.

"The travel started to get a bit much for the boys because we have a fair few who do shift work and it hard for them to be their whole Saturday away," he said.

In the 2018/19 season the Devils finished in fifth place in the Gympie competition with two wine, 12 losses and a draw,

Wieck said he was looking forward to returning to the local competition with the Devils line-up to remain similar while other players return to their town teams.

There are more than double the number of teams in the cricket competition than teams that contested the South Burnett Rugby League premiership this year.

"It tended to be cricket wasn't as pop as football weather the big bash or 20 20 comp we seem to be getting a lot of players and people that played a few years ago that are keen to start playing again," Wieck said.

A young committee is committed to ensuring the region's up and coming talent have opportunities to pursue their goals with Wieck's joined on the committee by Tavis Hartwig as treasurer and Ryan Kelly as secretary.

We have always tried to get more criock for junior players we are looking at ways to encourage juniors through because there is not a 16s competition," Wieck said.

He said to make sure young players don't call it quits they are looking at the potential of having friendly night matches.

"At 15-18 years-old they all want to play with and against their mates and it would be great if we can facilitate that," Wieck said.