HARD DAY: Gympie players leave the field after their defeat.
HARD DAY: Gympie players leave the field after their defeat. Tom Daunt

Back to the drawing board after a tough clash

CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI will go back to the drawing board this week after an outright defeat at the hands of Tewantin-Noosa.

Even with the return of several key senior players, the home side were outclassed by a solid Thunder outfit who clearly came to play.

On a much more stable wicket, Josh Brady and Ashley Sipple were able to provide a glimmer of hope when they put on a last wicket stand, but when Brady was dismissed for a hard-fought 30 leaving Sipple unbeaten on 18, Tewantin-Noosa decided to have another crack and put the Gold back to the crease.

After opening batsman Dan Huth was dismissed for a duck, Brady was able to muster a quick-fire 40 with Lewis Waugh and Trevor Brady adding a handy 10 and 25 runs respectively.

Middle-order batsman Karl Leupold was impressive on his return to the top grade snagging 40 before being caught.

Danny Shepparson was the only Gympie player to carry his bat finishing the innings unbeaten on just six.

In local cricket the A-grade competition is on hold and will recommence on October 26 to allow for the start of the Goodchild Shield fixtures.

Gympie will be looking to retain the form that served them so well last year in the top Wide Bay representative competition.

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