Gympie Off-road Gold XI captain Steven Brady.
Gympie Off-road Gold XI captain Steven Brady. Craig Warhurst

Albert ready for T20 excitement

IT'S BEEN just two weeks since a record 20Twenty score was smashed on Albert Park.

The Gympie Devils All-Stars scored an amazing 192 against the Gympie Cricket All-Stars.

Saturday night will see all the big bash action return to Albert Park giving the Gympie Cricket All-Stars a chance to redeem themselves against the Gympie Off-road Gold XI.

Gympie Cricket Association officials have picked a very different side for the Gold XI clash.

Gone are a lot of the youngsters picked in the Pink Stumps Day clash.

They are replaced by a more experienced side captained by Harlequins leader Dean Chandler.

Chandler said the All-Stars were after a win against the Gold to get their name on the DJ Rolly Shield for the second time in a row.

"I reckon we have a good side but it will be hard to beat the Gold," Chandler said.

He said selectors had picked well choosing plenty of in-form batsmen and some good bowlers.

He predicts the All-Stars will have to post at least 150 to have a chance against the Gold XI.

"We will need that much at least with the likes of Steve Brady in the Gold side," Chandler said.

"Brady is the danger in the batting and Troy Ashton with the ball."

He said the All-Stars would need to get the big-hitting Brady out cheaply and see off the bowling off Ashton to go well in the match.

Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands said that the venue, Albert Park, would be in great condition for the clash.

"No water got on to Albert Park during the floods, so it should be picture perfect," Rowlands said.

"The Gold will play at home on Albert number one on Saturday afternoon and then back up for the T20 on Saturday night."

The association was still tossing up what to do about the other cricket matches on Saturday.

One Mile Ovals went underwater last weekend and officials were having a meeting to decide what to do last night.

The T20 game starts at 6.30pm Saturday.

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