The clouds lingered and rain sprinkled but the majority of play continued as the Mid North Coast Cricket Council's T/20 series kicked off on Sunday.
Round one saw the Scorpions chase down the target of 110 set by the Rays with Awais Khaliq grabbing 3/18 for the victorious side with captain Tom Burley scoring 42 in the chase.
In the other fixture, Charles Adnum (52), Jack Williams (28) and Corey Crotty (21) were the top-scorers for the Fire Ants as they reached 4/140 from their 20 overs.
However, the total wasn't large enough with Zac Jones (34) and William Arrighi (35*) leading the way in the Wasps run chase.
Daniel Adelt proved to be the hardest bowler to overcome in the second innings, finishing with figures of 3/26 from his four overs.
The innings of Arrighi proved to be a round one highlight for Macquarie Coast Stingers' chairman of selectors Aaron Hagenbach.
"(The whole day) went better than what I expected," he told the Argus.
"The players played with freedom and a nothing to lose mentality.
"Seeing one of the young guys, Will Arrighi, who plays second grade at Wauchope, come out and score a match-winning 35 not out was great."
Round two saw one of the biggest highlights at Wayne Richards Park with the Scorpions Logan Myers securing a hat-trick.
With a loud band of supporters cheering him on from the pump track, Myers steamed in to remove three Huntsmans players in three balls, finishing with figures of 4/13 from 3 overs.
However, it wasn't enough to gain victory for his side with the Huntsmans bowling line-up working as a team to constantly grab wickets.
Bryce Cook (2/9), Mathew Ripps (2/14) and Amritpal Singh (2/21) were instrumental in keeping the Scorpions to 7/63 before play was abandoned at the 17.2 over mark. The win was awarded to the Huntsmans.
The final game pitted the Fire Ants up against the Hornets with the former batting first.
Steve Brbich got his side off to a great start with 39 before economical bowling kept the score to 4/122 off 20 overs.
There was nothing economical about the Michael Rees innings to follow, hitting as many sixes as he could.
The big-hitter's innings took the game out of the Fire Ants hands with his 68 leading the Hornets to a nine-wicket win in 11.3 overs.
Rees was supported well by fellow opener Jak Dobbyns, who finished with 39.
"Michael Rees played like Michael Rees does when he's in that form," Hagenbach said.
"I had a discussions afterwards with Spencer Farland, who was wicket-keeping behind Michael, and the experience a young cricketer gains from being in the vicinity of someone batting like that, I think is one of the most marvellous opportunities you can get."
The series also saw the debut of Frogbox technology with Hagenbach receiving encouraging feedback.
"I had people sending me pictures of them in their lounge room watching the games," he said.
"It's a brand new experience for us and hopefully we can put it into pubs to showcase what good cricketers there are on the mid north coast."
This Thursday, Rays will play Huntsmans while Wasps play Hornets on Friday night.
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