Gympie loses to South Burnett
GYMPIE’S Under-19 cricket side contesting the Wide Bay Shield have opened their campaign with a loss to South Burnett at the weekend.
Playing in Gympie Sunday, South Burnett clinched the one day match by eight runs.
The visitors batted first and made 152 before limiting Gympie to 144 in their run chase.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said the result was disappointing for the Gympie boys but was not catastrophic.
“It’s the first of three rounds so they aren’t ruled out of making the final just yet,” he said.
Blackburn conceded, however, defeat made the task of securing a finals berth all that more difficult for Gympie.
“We will have to win the next two matches for sure to be in with a chance,” he said.
“It adds a bit more pressure for our next game.”
Batting first for South Burnett, openers Tim Linane and Jarrod Dascombe were unable maintain their partnership, making a combined 33 before dropping their wickets.
Zac Goodchild helped fire up South Burnett’s attack, hitting a variety of shots to make 48 before losing his wicket to Gympie bowler Brendan Mahaffey.
Mahaffey was in sensational form with the ball, finishing with impressive figures of five wickets from six overs.
Blackburn praised Mahaffey for his bowling performance.
“Brendan did extremely well with the ball and to collect five wickets is a big effort,” he said.
Also pitching in to help spearhead Gympie’s bowling attack was Tom White, Tom Manthey and Brandon Sauer – each collecting a wicket.
Having made 152, Gympie took to the middle confident of its ability to run down the total and seize the win.
After causing so much devastation with the ball, Mahaffey faltered with the bat to be dismissed for a duck on his second delivery.
Ryhs O’Brien didn’t fare much better either, making only two runs from 17 balls faced to be sent packing after being caught.
Chris Darrach, however, helped give the home team some hope when he arrived at the crease and worked hard to reach 42 before being bowled.
A couple of ducks followed Darrach’s dismissal and Gympie was once again on thin ice and looking under pressure.
Brandan Sauer enjoyed early flashes of form to reach 20 before the stumps were sent flying as he was bowled by Linane.
South Burnett, sensing victory was within their grasp at this point, turned up the heat and unceremoniously mopped up Gympie’s tail end.
Just as Mahaffey was effective with the ball for Gympie, so too was South Burnett’s Tim Wyvil.
The young South Burnett bowler bagged four wickets from just over seven overs with the ball.
His efforts were crucial in knocking over Gympie’s batting line up to prevent the home team eclipsing South Burnett’s score.
With the loss now behind them, the Gympie team will regroup ahead of playing its second round clash.
Meanwhile, in other representative cricket news, the Gympie team contesting the Goodchild Shield will take the first steps of its title defence at Albert Park this weekend.
The Gympie team will shape up to Bundaberg at Albert Park Sunday hoping for a winning start.
There are high expectations for the Gympie outfit after winning the Goodchild Shield last year.
Districts competing in the Goodchild Shield in addition to Gympie include Bundaberg, South Burnett and Hervey Bay.
Gympie team selection as follows:
Tim McIntosh [c], S Brady, B Mahaffey, T Chandler, D Shepperson, C Darrach, T White, A Batton, P Rosier, B Sauer, C Quinn, B Smith