Bushies lead the way in Hervey Bay
BUSHRANGERS and Cavaliers appear to be the teams to beat in the Hervey Bay Cricket Association's senior competition.
The unbeaten heavyweights are a class above their peers.
Bushrangers Cricket Club is fielding three teams, as Bushrangers (the top side), Honey Badgers and Craignish enjoy successful starts to the season.
But the Bushrangers, who were powered by centuries to Nic Kelsey and Brent Dean in the past fortnight, will be without the pair for the game against Craignish.
Both men will join players from across the Wide Bay as they compete against the best of South Queensland for the Schaefer Shield.
That doesn't worry Bushrangers captain Jesse Riley, who along with two other regular Bushrangers players will take the field for Honey Badgers in its game against Cavaliers today.
He said it was not worth sending a full-strength Bushrangers side to annihilate Craignish. Instead, he will use the opportunity for a close look at the side who could be an early favourite for the HBCA seniors premiership.
The Bushrangers meet Cavaliers next week, in what could be a very early grand final preview.
Both teams are hungry for the title. The winner will be the first A-grade premier in five years due to Past Grammars' domination of the now-defunct Fraser Coast Cricket Competition.
"That's what motivates us. It will be the first time in years we've been able to win a premiership,” Riley said.
"Next week will be the first time we play so it will be good to see where we're both at.”
Their first scheduled clash, in round one, was washed out.
The only two remaining win-less teams, Bay Power and Cavaliers/Tigers will play on Hervey Bay No.2.
All games start at 12.30pm.