The Beaudesert Cricket Association’s four senior clubs will merge into one entity and enter the Logan District Cricket Association this season.
Under the arrangement the Cannons, Beaudesert, Woodhill and Kerry will form a new club under a neutral name and nominate a team in both A and B grades.
While understandably disappointed that the Beaudesert association was having to combine its clubs and play in a competition out of town long-term Beaudesert cricketer Andrew Steindl said the merger was not unprecedented and presented an exciting opportunity to players.
“We have entered an A grade team in the Logan competition before around 1995 – 96,” he said.
“We’ve been looking at trying to add more teams or moving to the Ipswich or Logan competitions for a few years.
“Reducing numbers meant the number of local teams dropped from eight to four, and last year, we struggled to find players for four. Each division in the new competition will have at least six teams, so there’ll be variety and we’ll be facing players who don’t know our strengths and weaknesses.”
Steindl said entering a side in each A and B grades meant players would be able to choose a standard suited to their ability and level of commitment, whether social or competitive.
He said it would also open up a pathway for juniors into senior cricket and allow performing players to earn a promotion and vice-versa.
“We’ll then be aiming to retain those juniors and have them go on to play senior cricket,” he said.
“Junior cricket is healthy in our region and senior cricket, while changing is still strong.”
There had been reports on Facebook that senior cricket was not going to be played in the Scenic Rim this season but Steindl looked to correct the misinformation as he invited those keen to try the game to join.
“Cricket is certainly being played in Beaudesert this season,” he said.
“Anyone young or old who is interested can contact Lee Morgan on 0407 637 668.”
Beaudesert does not have a women’s side but females of all ages are welcome to play with the men. Should a female wish to progress to higher honours, the association can facilitate an introduction to a suitable club.
The name of the new club is yet to be finalised but Steindl said an effort would be made to be respectful of the rich histories of local clubs.
Logan District Cricket Association secretary David Ford said logistical aspects of the affiliation would need to be worked out but otherwise he welcomed the teams from Beaudesert.