All Stars fall victim to Gold

A MAN of the match performance by Steven Brady enabled the Gympie Offroad Gold XI to topple the Gympie All Stars in a Twenty20 cricket bash at the weekend.

The game was played Saturday evening under lights at Albert Park and the Gold overcame the All Stars composite side to claim back-to-back wins after taking out the feature last year.

Gympie All Stars batted first and made 6 for 159 from its full 20 overs before the Gold took to the middle and clinched the win with just two overs remaining on 5 for 162.

In their innings, the Gympie All Stars were boosted by Sunshine Coast Scorchers players Lewis Waugh, Josh Brady and Kaden Dickfos.

Waugh continued his blistering form of late to smash a hefty 60 from 45 balls while Brady was also in fine touch, finishing on 53 from 45 deliveries.

But three ducks, including both opening batsmen Glen Brady and Scott Hughes, denied the team from reaching its fullest potential.

With a change of roles, the Gold ran onto the Albert Park wicket and Steven Brady quickly demonstrated to the crowd of nearly 200 he was in no mood to push the ball around.

Steven's man of the match performance fired up the Gold and frustrated the Gympie All Stars' bowling attack.

The Gold batsman made 51 after facing only 21 balls, including four sixes and six fours.

Gold skipper Tim McIntosh joined in on the scoring spree, making 45 from 37 deliveries.

The promise of the Gold's opening pair gave way to a middle order collapse before Ben Smith got the runs ticking over again with a well-made 30.

Ultimately, the Gold had two overs to spare when their score eclipsed their rivals for the victory.

Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said the game was a success despite the threat of rain and rival sporting events including the Devils' pre-season match against Dalby and the Gympie and District Sportsmen's Association 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards.

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