KNOCK ON WOOD: Cricket returns this weekend as Jason Batchelor, Dave Heymer and Matt Lait look on.
KNOCK ON WOOD: Cricket returns this weekend as Jason Batchelor, Dave Heymer and Matt Lait look on. Nick Kossatch GLA061016CAPTAINS

Gladstone cricketers up for challenge

IT'S THAT time of the year.

The cracking of willow on leather throughout Central Queensland.

The cricket season commences tomorrow and Sunday for several teams in the Gladstone Cricket Incorporated A-grade, Reserves and B-grade competitions.

Defending GCI A-grade premiers The Glen takes on Capricorn Coast Parkana in Yeppoon from 10.30am tomorrow in round one of the Rockhampton Cricket Incorporated Capricorn Challenge.

The Glen will miss captain and wicket-keeper batsman Dave Heymer because of a finger injury he sustained at work, but he said there is still plenty of experience in the team.

"We still have a strong side and the team's looking pretty good,” Heymer said.

With employment based on shift-work, Heymer added that it was difficult to determine as to who will play tomorrow.

Lucas Hall will lead the BITS side tomorrow in Rockhampton against Gracemere.

BITS will compete in the A-grade competition for the first time in a number of years and said he is looking forward to the challenge.

"We are going to be the youngest side in the competition and I'm the oldest player, but am not even 30 years old yet,” Hall said.

Yaralla face Frenchville in Frenchville and skipper Jason Batchelor said he expects his charges to fight hard.

"Frenchville have a few who have retired,” he said.

Batchelor is looking forward to how the young Yaralla side can handle the strong teams from Rockhampton throughout the Capricorn Challenge competition. The local A-grade format commences after Christmas.