Gympie lose to Rangers

THE Gympie Offroad Gold XI had to be content with first innings points after losing outright to the Glasshouse Mountains Rangers at the weekend.

With the last instalment of a two-day fixture wrapping up at Albert Park on Saturday, Gympie crumbled despite a blistering start the week before.

Gold senior player Troy Ashton said the result was disappointing but the silver lining was first innings points.

“It’s not good that we lost outright but getting first innings points is something we can take away from the match,” he said.

Gympie made 120 a fortnight ago and tore apart Glasshouse with the ball to snare the first innings.

However, Glasshouse returned fire at the weekend to clinch the outright.

Gympie resumed batting and its top order collapsed in devastating style.

Coach John McClintock, answering the call to play with four Gold players unavailable, was the only batsman to offer any real resistance, making 46 not out.

“John was on fire with the bat and the only one of us to do any good,” Ashton said.

With Gympie dismissed cheaply for 122, Glasshouse took to the middle and made full use of the wicket’s condition.

“When we started batting the wicket was still wet and that really favoured Glasshouse bowling,” Ashton said.

“We also had a few decisions go against us and when we got the ball the wicket had dried out and was perfect for batting.”

Despite the mixed result from the Gold’s first outing, Ashton says the team remains upbeat. The Gold’s next round is away against Maroochydore, starting Saturday.

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