Gold XI rearing for big final
AN opening stand of 102 helped the Gympie Gold triumph over Nambour on Saturday.
The win puts the Gold into the Sunshine Coast one-day final against Caboolture on January 25.
Stand-in captain Lewis Waugh said the Nambour clash was a good hit-out for the boys.
"The first game after a few weeks off, you always expect to be a little rusty but I was happy with the all-round performance," Waugh said.
After a week of wet weather, Waugh said the pitch held up pretty well.
"It was good batting conditions compared to previous washouts and the pitch was prepared well."
Waugh and fellow opener Steve Brady took advantage of the conditions after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
The skipper and the big hitting Brady put on a century partnership before both fell to Nambour's Nick Wallace.
The 102- run opening stand put the Gold in a good position but Nambour fought back.
Nambour's James Meddings followed up with three quick wickets, decimating the Gold's middle order.
Luckily for Gympie, the tail wagged.
"We were lucky to have the lower-order holding the innings together, revealing a couple of good partnerships, leading to a competitive total," he said.
The Gold made 214 valuable runs and set about defending the total.
Gold bowlers Brycen Mitchell and Travis Chandler rose to the challenge, grabbing three wickets each.
The early wickets put Nambour under pressure and they fell 26 runs short at stumps, making 8-188.
The only downfall in the game, according to Waugh, was the Gold didn't bat out the full 50 overs.
"Only being able to bat out 48 overs cost ourselves a good 10 to 15 runs," Waugh said.
The final is scheduled for January 25 but this week they are transitioning to the two-day competition.
Waugh said they will train twice a week in preparation for the one-day final.
"We are predicting a good performance with Kaden back for the final".
The Gympie Gold hopes to improve their fielding to help them continue their winning streak.
The final will be held at Grant Rd, Caboolture, on the Australia Day long weekend.
Division 1, Round 10, Gympie v Nambour
Waugh L. ct Dodd b Wallace - 40
Brady S. b Wallace - 63
Brady J. ct Dodd b Wallace - 0
Carlton M. ct Ledger b Meddings - 9
Ashton T. ct Winn b Meddings - 9
Gagen Z. ct Ledger b Meddings - 13
Lawless A. b Winn - 18
Shepperson D. lbw b Coleman - 17
Chandler T. ct Wallace b Ledger - 16
Savage S. ct Coleman b Greig - 10
Mitchell B. not out - 1
Sundries: - 14
Total: - 214
Fall of wicket: 102, 108, 117, 121, 148, 154, 180, 186, 208, 214.
Bowling: Coleman 7-0-54-1, McDonald 10-0-24-0, Winn 10-0-65-1, Meddings 10-0-50-3, Wallace 10-0-13-3, Greig 1-0-2-1, Ledger 1-0-4-1
Ledger S. lbw b Chandler - 5
Wigley J. ct Waugh b J. Brady - 16
Greig H. lbw b Mitchell - 13
Meddings J. ct Waugh b Chandler - 23
Wallace N. ct S.Brady b Mitchell - 0
Matthews J. lbw b J.Brady - 0
Sampson M. ct Shepperson b Thornton - 64
Coleman B. ct Gagen b Mitchell - 13
Dodd J. not out - 18
Winn J. not out - 18
Sundries: - 11
Total: - 8-188
Fall of wicket: 8, 39, 41, 43, 44, 129, 146, 149.
Bowling: Ashton 10-1-39-0, chandler 10-1-46-3, Mitchell 10-1-29-3, Brady J. 10-1-25-2, Savage 4-0-25-0, Lawless 4-0-24-0, Brady S. 2-0-7-0.
Gympie won by 26 runs