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Gympie cricket batsman Andy Batten was unbeaten in Gympie’s Goodchild Shield win on Sunday and took three wickets for the Gold XI on Saturday.
Gympie cricket batsman Andy Batten was unbeaten in Gympie’s Goodchild Shield win on Sunday and took three wickets for the Gold XI on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

THE Gympie Off-road Gold XI's slim chance of making the Sunshine Coast cricket one-day final was blown out of the water by a red hot Luke McCoy on Saturday.

The Maroochydore number three bat scored 98 against the Gold to help set up a 207 run total for the Gympie side to chase.

The Gold bowled tightly against Maroochydore but just didn't seem to be able to penetrate the Maroochydore batsman's defences.

Andy Batten was the Gold's best bowler on the day taking 3-47 off his 10 overs, but the Gold's other strike weapons failed to live up to potential with only Troy Ashton, 1-18 off eight, taking another wicket.

The Maroochydore bowlers seemed to have plenty of spring in their step, knocking over Gympie for a meagre 140, 67 runs short of the Maroochydore total.

Captain Steve Brady and Brad Millard were the only batsmen who troubled the Maroochydore attack.

Brady was unlucky to go out, stumped while on 34 off the bowling of Tony Waterhouse.

The captain was looking in good touch until the stumping and the wicket was a turning point in the game.

Ben Gear (25) and Troy Ashton (21) were the only other Gympie bats to trouble the scorer until Brad Millard arrived at the crease.

Four Gympie batsmen scored ducks.

Millard gave Gympie a slight hope at the end of the game with a well-compiled 30.

Millard was not out but had run out of partners by the end of play.

The loss ended Gympie's chances of a one-day final berth.

Even if they had of won, Nambour's loss to Caloundra would have seen the Gold miss out.

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