Gympie cricket rivalries fire
HARLEQUINS are in the box seat in their Gympie A Grade Cricket clash against Wests after scoring 191 on the first day of play at Jack Ison Oval.
At the end of play Wests were struggling at 3 for 52 with batting weapon Neil McKean back in the change sheds after being caught by Dean Chandler of the bowling of Tim Kross.
Harlequins opening bat Mick Walsh continued his fine form for the season with another 75 run knock.
Walsh’s innings contained nine fours and was the backbone of the Harlequins’ innings with only veteran John McClintock, 27 and Tim Kross, 24 scoring over 20.
Jason Wood was the best of the West bowlers capturing the wickets of Walsh, Shane Zahner and Peter Kross for figures of 3 for 30.
Harlequins captain Peter Kross said his team was quietly confident of taking the points next week.
“If we bowl well we will take the game,” Kross said.
“It is all about bowling now, especially with Macca (Neil McKean) out.
“He is the danger man,” Kross said.
In the other match between Colts and Valleys on Kozminsky Oval the game is more evenly poised.
A depleted Colts bowled Valleys out for 177, with young quick Ryan Gottke taking the wickets of Valleys openers Shane Walker and Jason Ross then Andy Leppien for the figures of 3 for 27.
Matt Brady was Valleys best bat with a score of 51 not out which include three fours and two sixes.
Valleys next best was Trevor Brady who returned from Cairns for the match to score 35.
Colts in reply are 3 for 96.
Andy Batten was Colts best performer with the willow and was 51 not out at the end of play.
He was supported well by Ben Gear 24 not out.
Unfortunately Gear will have to retire because he can’t make the second days play this weekend.
Gears retirement means the Colts middle and late order will have to perform with the bat to take the win.