Gympie dominates Fraser Coast
A COMPRHENSIVE seven-wicket victory over Fraser Coast at the weekend has Gympie still in the hunt for the Wide Bay Shield.
The limited overs match was played at Albert Park on Sunday and Gympie was in ruthless form.
After dismissing Fraser Coast for 221, Gympie chased down the total with seven wickets spare.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said the victory was essential.
“We needed to win that one to have a shot at making the final,” he said.
During Fraser Coast’s innings, Gympie’s Luke Wheeler was in hot form with the ball, claiming three wickets from his eight overs.
Commencing the run chase, Gympie’s top order was firing on all cylinders.
Openers Brendan Mahaffey and Jackson Waugh made 46 and 41 respectively while Ben Gear excelled behind the crease making an unbeaten 57.
Gear smashed five sixes and hit three balls that soared over the boundary and were lost in the Mary River.
The Wide Bay Shield consists of three rounds and Gympie dropped the first round to South Burnett.
Gympie will next play Bundaberg away on December 5 and must win in order to clinch a spot in the final.
Blackburn said a loss would leave Gympie at the mercy of other results.
“If we lose we will have to rely on the other results going our way, but even then it would be unlikely for us to make the final,” he said.