“They don’t make cricket wicket bails like they used to! Most now are expensive, imported and made from soft timbers, which usually break quickly and only last one inning.” Says Steve Adams, President at Caboolture Sports Cricket Club.
This conversation between Steve Adams and Brian Bisset (Vice President, Caboolture and District Woodcraft Inc.) has transpired into a really great outcome for the cricket club seeing 60 bails being donated.
Caboolture and District Woodcrafters Inc. is a volunteer club with the aim of promoting, fostering and practising the art of all forms of woodwork. Established in 1987 the club this year reached the milestone of 122 members.
After hearing of cricket’s continued problems with the breaking bails, the two clubs were introduced by Tony Clarke, Sport and Community Manager at Caboolture Sports Club
“It’s great to have two community clubs that Caboolture Sports Club supports come together to solve a problem, and in doing so further build some Caboolture’s pride and community spirit.” Commented Tony Clarke.
Over recent years Caboolture Sports Club have provided a few donations to the Woodcrafters through the Community Chest program helping them purchase much-needed equipment. This has now help enabled them to create handcrafted quality bails for Caboolture Cricket one of Caboolture Sports Clubs foundation sporting groups.
Doug Pearce, President of Caboolture Woodcrafters, “We saw an opportunity to help out a local sporting club with our craft, so gave it a crack.”
Made from durable Tallowwood timber sourced from Woodford, the new bails have been tested by thrilled Caboolture players. “They are strong and will be long lasting, not to mention will save the club hundreds of dollars each year.” Added Mr Adams.
Now that the bail problem has been solved through this new-found friendship, the team at Caboolture Woodcrafters believes it can also provide longer-lasting stumps and have chosen local-sourced Blackbutt as the best timber for the job.
Caboolture Woodcrafters are open for those aged 14 and above. Anyone 18 and above need a Blue Card. For details visit Caboolturewoodcrafters.com