Josh and Steve Brady.
Josh and Steve Brady. Patrick Woods

Best Gympie Gold figures ever

CRICKET: Josh Brady has etched himself into Gympie cricket folklore by recording the best ever Gold bowling

figures on Saturday.

Brady bowled 21 overs against Caloundra at Roy Henzell Oval, including 11 maidens, and took an incredible nine wickets for just 33 runs.

"It's not very often you get to witness a performance like that on a cricket field," captain Troy Ashton said.

"Someone took eight wickets against us a few years ago and I thought I would never see something like it again."

After home side Caloundra won the toss and elected to bat, Brady's performance restricted them to just 110 for the first innings.

"I was going to bowl if I won the toss but the pitch certainly wasn't a minefield, it was just excellent bowling," Ashton said.

Caloundra's high number of left-handed batsmen worked in Brady's favour, with his outswing finding the edge several times for catches behind the wicket.

The previous best figures for the Gold, 7-30, were recorded by Brad Millard, who was playing on Saturday.

"We were disappointed for Brad to lose his mantle but records are made to be broken," Ashton said.

"When Travis Chandler took a catch off Kaden's (Dickfos) bowling he said he nearly dropped it deliberately so Josh could get all 10 wickets!

"Josh has been training with the Gold since he was 11 years old so it's been great to see him rise through the ranks and now be breaking records."

Not to be outdone, Josh's brother, Steve, proved the pitch was certainly not a bowlers paradise by belting a remarkable 149 not out when it was Gympie's turn to bat.

He joined fellow opener

Lewis Waugh to add another record to the magical day for the Gold.

The pair put on 167, which is the highest ever opening partnership for Gympie.

Waugh was eventually out for 63, but Brady pushed on to take the score to 1-235 at stumps, with a run rate of nearly five per over.

"Steve was just smashing their bowlers, it was great to watch," Ashton said.

"We were celebrating like we'd just won the grand final on Saturday night, it was a great atmosphere around the group.

"The previous highest score for the Gold was Tim McIntosh's 184 not out, so it would be nice to see Steve break that record this Saturday and push on to 200."

"We'll be using day two to get in as much batting and bowling practice as we can to ensure we're ready to go for the semi-final next week."

Gympie will play second-placed Maroochydore in the semi, which crushed any hopes of a home final for the Gold by dismissing Hinterland for 59 and reaching 4-342 at stumps on Saturday.

SCOREBOARD

SCCA Div.1 Round 14

CALOUNDRA V GYMPIE

CALOUNDRA 1st INNINGS

C. McCabe c. L Waugh b. J Brady

0

R. Russell c. T Ashton b. J. Brady

0

A. Townsend c. S Brady b. J Brady

14

S. Shaw b. J Brady

25

H. Blades lbw b. J Brady

9

C. Rzeszkoski c. T Chandler b K Dickfos

35

L. Eastgate c. M Cartwright b. J Brady

3

S. Thompson c. T Ashton b. J Brady

1

A. Blades c. D Shepperson b. J Brady

1

J. Winen not out

12

L. Harden c. T Chandler b. J Brady

9

Sundries:

1

Total:

110

FOW: 0, 1, 35, 47, 48, 57, 59, 85, 97, 110.

Bowling: K. Dickfos 12-2-52-1, J. Brady 21-11-33-9, B. Millard 5-2-5-0, T. Hillcoat 4-0-20-0.

GYMPIE 1st INNINGS

S. Brady not out

149

L. Waugh c. A Blades b. J Winen

63

A. Sippel not out

20

Sundries:

3

Total: (for 1 wkt)

235

Bowling: J. Winen 9-2-41-1, L. Harden 12-2-37-0, C. Rzeszkoski 17-0-91-0, H. Blades 3-0-29-0, S. Shaw 8-1-36-0.

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