Gold chase first innings win
AN injection of youth could be just the tonic for the Gympie Offroad's Gold XI cricket side as it plots to execute a first innings victory away against Tewantin-Noosa this weekend.
The Gympie outfit travelled to Tewantin last week for the first day of the two-day fixture of the season and found plenty of early season spark.
The promotion of a number of younger players in the side stoked the team's fire, helping to create today's opportunity of lifting a first innings win.
Despite a dry field and sweltering hot conditions, Gympie's bowling attack caused headaches for Tewantin-Noosa in its opening innings.
“The temperature climbed as the game went on it became quite muggy,” Gold XI spokesperson Cameron Quinn said.
The home side's run rate took a dive early on before some unconventional batting saw the side inflate its innings, finishing on 214 at stumps.
The dismissal of big hitting Chris Wright for a mere four runs was an initial loss, breathing more life into the Gold attack.
It may not have been pretty, but Tewantin-Noosa found a way to salvage respectability to its final score.
The Gold batted briefly after the dismissal of its rivals, and found a good patch of form to race off to 65 with all wickets in hand before play was suspended.
QUINN said the win was tantalisingly within grasp.
“We need an extra 150 runs to collect a first innings win,” he said.
Without the loss of a single wicket, and sitting on 65 with a day's play ahead of them, the Gold can begin its campaign for glory in style today.
A number of the Gympie outfit's younger players are also expected to stand tall today and play a big role in what is hoped to be a significant win.
Quinn credited young guns such as bowling sensation Langley Johnston as being crucial to the side's prospects this season.
Johnston has stepped to the senior side after cutting his teeth in A Grade competition over the last few seasons.
Confidence will also be the key looking ahead as the youthful side explores ways to short-circuit more experienced teams.
But with players full of heart and a stubborn refusal to give up, the side will be more than a handful.
A full scoreboard and game wrap up will be in next Tuesday's edition of The Gympie Times, together with results from Gympie's A Grade competition.