Closure of Kimba Cricket Association leaves two teams to tackle Eastern Eyre

New start for Kimba cricket

The Kimba Cricket Association has disbanded following the fall of Waddikee Cricket Club, with remaining clubs to compete in the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association for the upcoming season.

The four-team competition, featuring Kimba, Buckleboo, Kelly and Waddikee, will not take place in 2020-21, after a decision at the recent annual general meeting.

Association president Shannan Larwood said a lack of numbers had contributed to Waddikee's downfall, while Kelly has joined with Kimba, which will compete alongside Buckleboo in an expanded Eastern Eyre competition.

"Numbers have been an issue in recent years, and lots of kids in the Waddikee district have moved on so there hasn't been enough coming through," he said.

"Kimba and Kelly had been two teams, but financially were one, so they have become one team that will be called Kimba Districts in the Eastern Eyre league, and Buckleboo will stand alone."

Mr Larwood said while there was sadness surrounding the closure of the Kimba association, the important thing was to ensure cricket remained part of the district's sporting landscape.

There were discussions for the remaining clubs to join either the Le Hunte Cricket Association or Eastern Eyre, and Mr Larwood stated they elected to join the latter as it provided more long-term opportunities.

"It is sad, more so for us older guys as it's all we've known," he said.

"As much as we want cricket in Kimba, we need to make it easier for ourselves.

"We will have to travel more and people have proud memories of their club, but as long as we have some sort of sport in the town, that's the main thing."

He said the move to Eastern Eyre would help with the development of up and coming players.

Both Kimba Districts and Buckleboo will be submitting an A grade and junior side for the upcoming season.

Mr Larwood said having the juniors and seniors playing the same fixture each weekend would be a positive for the two teams, and help to ensure full teams could be fielded.

The new Eastern Eyre season will start on October 10, with the grand final to take place in Cleve on March 6.