Wanderers tour takes team a long way from home
THE Wanderers cricket team kicked off its annual tour of rural Queensland in Roma today, playing two games at Gallas Fox Park.
With the mercury rising as high as 27 degrees, the winter's day replicated the summer of cricket for the men's morning game.
The afternoon saw another game against Roma District, held after school to get Roma's junior players involved.
A coaching clinic and barbecue dinner featured in the afternoon to evening session as well.
Wanderers coach Brad Murphy said their tours across regional and rural Queensland were all about promoting the game, with a particular focus on junior cricket.
"We want to see more kids playing cricket, both boys and girls, and it's why we try to include players of all levels and abilities”.
There aren't any famous names on the squad this tour, the Wanderers instead opting for passionate up-and-comers from the Queensland Bulls to fill out their team.
The not for profit club relies on donations to keep doing their work, said Murphy.
"The club has been doing this tour for about 40 years now, and Queensland Cricket is a huge supporter for us, as well as the corporate sponsorships.”
The 12-day tour will see them stop in Tambo, Barcaldine, Emerald, Springsure and Rolleston before finishing up the trip in Calliope, near Gladstone.