GALLERY: The Glen go one-up in the best-of-three deciders
CRICKET: At one stage, it looked like the wet weather curse would ruin game one of the Gladstone Cricket Incorporated grand final between The Glen and BITS at Sun Valley Oval.
But some frantic drying of the pitch allowed for a delayed 12.30pm start instead of the scheduled 9.30am start.
And the hosts claimed the first decider with a seven-wicket win.
The Glen's captain David Heymer saw his side home with a classy unbeaten 55 as his team reached BITS' total of 108.
Opener Greg Purdon got The Glen off to a great start with 35 runs.
It was a professional performance from The Glen bowlers.
"We bowled them out for 108 and bowled really well," Heymer said.
"Everyone did a great job with Jason Seng and Damien 'Damo' Levett taking three wickets each."
With a desperate BITS at the bowling crease, Heymer said the top order was disciplined and patient.
"With the bat, we batted well and smart and just ticked the runs off and weren't in any rush," he said.
It was simply to few runs by BITS aside from a solid 44 from Terry Sawyer.
"We were 5-102 with about 10 overs to go and a real chance to press on and make 150 or 160 runs," Sawyer said.
"But we lost something like 4-0 and I was one of those wickets and that really killed it off for us."
It included the prized scalp of BITS all-rounder Jason Batchelor.
Sawyer saw positives from his young group.
"The pitch wasn't too bad at all and all credit goes to The Glen ground staff," he said.
"I thought we bowled really well and with a couple players not available, I thought we did well with what we had and that's a good sign.
"Clayton Box is only 15 and he played his first A-grade game last week and he hung around with the bat in this game."
The youngster took a wicket as did Batchelor while Seng was run out for one.
BITS has the chance to square the series in Saturday's game two on Saturday at BITS Oval at 9.30am - weather permitting.