Australian cricketers some centre wicket practice at Wellington Point last week while Redland cricket teams battled in season openers

Rain clouds cleared on Friday afternoon for local cricket fans to get a glimpse of their favourite cricketers in action as they prepare for the first Ashes test.

SUPER FANS: Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne with cricket fans Mitchell Murrihy and Cameron Raferty. Photo: Emily Lowe.

SUPER FANS: Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne with cricket fans Mitchell Murrihy and Cameron Raferty. Photo: Emily Lowe.

Redland product Marnus Labuschagne said although they were unable to play the practice match as planned due to bad weather, he was glad to get some centre wicket practice on his home ground.

"We're very thankful to Redlands for putting on such an amazing spectacle and we're looking forward to being able to train here," he said.

"It's probably a little but disappointing for the people of Redlands who have come out to see a bit of a game but having a bit of a training session is going to make a real difference."

The Australian team has battled controversy in the lead up to the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on December 8 after a sexting scandal involving then-captain Tim Paine caused a leadership shake-up.

ALL SMILES: Redland cricketer Marnus Labuschagne with cricket fan Justin of Alexandra Hills. Photo: Emily Lowe.

ALL SMILES: Redland cricketer Marnus Labuschagne with cricket fan Justin of Alexandra Hills. Photo: Emily Lowe.

Labuschagne said chosen replacement captain Pat Cummins was the right man for the job.

"It's going to be a challenge for him, having to be the skipper and having to lead the show out there but he's gonna do a fabulous job and he's got a lot of support with Steve Smith as his vice captain."

Redland cricketers battle in season openers

Redlands Cricket had a successful weekend off the back of the Australian team's training session.

The first grade team won two of three of of their T20 fixtures over the weekend but just missed out on the semi finals. Their first game against Sunshine Coast saw the tigers win comfortably, restricting their opposition to 8-135 from 20 overs, and a top score of 55 from 45 from Conor McInerney.

Tigers posted a big score of 6-192 in the second fixture to win over Toombul, largely thanks to captain Simon Milenko who was at his destructive best with 83 from 47 and was well supported by Dylan Kritzinger's 43 from 27.

Finals hopes were dashed after a defeat by Wynnum-Manly in the final over with both McInerney and Milenko going for first ball ducks.

It was deja vu for the second grade team which yielded the same result.

First the Tigers fell 16 runs short of defeating the Sunshine Coast, but came back to claim victory over Toombul by 25 runs and Wynnum Manly by 4 wickets.

But it was a clean sweep for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade all won their first one-day fixtures against Sandgate teams at the weekend.

Notably, fourth grade played out a hard fought win against Sandgate away this weekend with 15-year-old Ely Robertson promoted up the order in search of quick runs and managing 51 from 50 with a couple of sixes.