Christmas comes early for Gympie cricketers
GYMPIE cricket A-grade side Wests received an early Christmas present when young bowler Brendan Westlake took six wickets from Harlequins at the weekend to finish the year on a high note.
Westlake's haul with the bowl secured Wests victory as Harlequins finished 102 runs short at Albert Park.
Wests father-and-son partnership Max and Rod Cartwright opened up the batting with a bang, making 63 runs.
Max scored 38 while his father piled on 31 runs of his own.
Wests batsman Lachlan Bembrick made an additional 41 runs to see his team post a competitive score of 183.
Harlequins bowlers tried their best to slow Wests' momentum with Shane Zahner taking 3/33 and captain Peter Kross taking 2/43.
Kross said he thought his team may have been able to come close to Wests' score but could not compete against the bowling onslaught.
Kross scored the highest number of runs for his team, making 18, while teammate Scott Millard added a further 17.
Harlequins had six ducks throughout their innings as Westlake and Anthony Brogden made short work of the batting line-up.
Westlake took 6/37 and Brogden took 3/10 to leave Harlequins scrambling for runs, finishing their innings on just 81.
Gympie A-grade cricket resumes on January 9, beginning with the two-day matches before playing four more one-day games to finish the season.