It was the beginning of a new era for local cricketers on the weekend as players took to the field for the first time under the name of Beaudesert Borobi.
Borobi is a word from the Yugambeh language and was used for the Commonwealth Games mascot.
In Division One, Beaudesert faced Springwood at Homestead Park.
Springwood batted first and amassed a formidable 3/261 from their allotted 50 overs.
In response, Beaudesert’s top order fought hard on their way to 4/131 from 30 overs, with opening batsman Lachlan Gittins contributing a valuable 32.
The match is evenly placed with Beaudesert to resume on Saturday requiring 130 off 20 overs to claim first innings points. Dan Samphier is unbeaten on 46 and Joel Thorn (19) partners him at the crease.
Meanwhile, the Beaudesert Borobi Division Two outfit registered its first victory of the season over the Beenleigh Pirates at Selwyn Park on Saturday
After winning the toss and electing to bat in good conditions, openers Steve Larrescy and Jayden Stephan put on a quickfire 33 run partnership to get the innings off to a flyer. But it proved unsustainable as Stephan was dismissed for a useful 28, triggering a costly batting collapse which left Beaudesert reeling at 4/56.
The middle order also failed to fire. Jeffrey Teese offered some resistance, adding a handy 19 to steady the innings but he cut a lone figure as Beaudesert’s batting woes continued and the side slumped to 7/115 after 17 overs.
The tail was defiant, with Troy Walters adding 41 to ensure his side reached a defendable total of 9/159.
In reply, Beenleigh’s run chase followed a similar course as they raced to 1/32 after five overs before Lewis and Andrew Steindl applied the brakes with a tight spell of bowling that was well-supported in the field.
From there it was tough going for Beenleigh and they were bowled out for 139 in the 35th over.
Lewis Steindl was the pick of the bowlers with tidy figures of 3/15 off eight overs and Andrew Steindl finished with 3/28. The duo were supported by Walters and Stephan, who each jagged a wicket.
Division Two will take on Jimboomba away on Saturday.
In Division Three, Beaudesert Blue travelled to Windaroo to play the Beenleigh Pirates in what proved to be a highly competitive encounter.
After claiming the toss, Beaudesert accumulated 6/115 off 30 overs, with Tom Deeran anchoring the innings. He retired for a well-made 38 and was assisted by Kyle Condrick who finished not out on 22.
Beaudesert’s bowling attack did its best to restrict Beenleigh’s scoring options but the Pirates chased down the total with wickets and balls to spare, reaching 7/121 off 27 overs.
In Division Four, Beaudesert Green took on John Paul College away in scorching conditions. John Paul College hit 12/66 as Archie Foster (3/1/5/4) dismantled the opposition on his way to a five wicket haul. Beaudesert managed 5/83 in reply, with Matthew Uppington top scoring on 16 not out.
Beaudesert Red played Jimboomba at Pioneer Park. Beaudesert won the toss and sent Jimboomba in, who made 12/99. Aidan Overell (3/0/3/25) and Karl Grimmer 3/0/2/9 each collected three wickets.
In reply, Beaudesert made 11/84 with Joe Harkin (15) top scoring.