WET weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of keen cricketers who have flocked to Charters Towers for the great Australia Day weekend tradition, that is the Goldfield Ashes.
The largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere continues to grow in popularity, with a record number of teams entering the contest in 2019.
A total of 246 teams from across Queensland entered the competition, which is in its 71st year, with 19 ladies teams playing, eclipsing last year’s record of 16 teams.
The fun started on Saturday and continued as the wet weather set in on Sunday.
Some of the A-grade teams were unable to take to the field on Sunday afternoon, with play on Monday yet to be determined.
However, the rain did little to deter the fun – and in fact, encouraged more cheekiness as the Mount Isa based team the Cavaliers donned their wet-weather uniform of personalised budgie smugglers.
There was plenty of Aussie ingenuity on show as well, with supporters displaying an array of motorised drink buggies to ensure players remained hydrated throughout the day.
The competition will continue on Monday, weather permitting, with results to be finalised at the end of day three.