Gympie lads chase title

Zach Gagen’s spin and batting will be a key for a Gympie win tomorrow.
Zach Gagen’s spin and batting will be a key for a Gympie win tomorrow. Codey Warhurst

GYMPIE'S under-16 cricket side will be looking for a Wide Bay title tomorrow.

The team will play Bundaberg when Gympie hosts all age groups of the Wide Bay junior finals at One Mile Ovals.

Gympie under-16 cricket coach Gavin Gagen said his team was the only Gympie team in the final and they were hoping for fine weather to have a shot at beating the Rum City.

He said if the game was rained out, Bundaberg would take the title because they were higher on the competition ladder.

Gagen said his boys had a great chance of beating Bundaberg.

In the last encounter the Gympie side had Bundaberg rattled.

At one stage Gympie had Bundaberg struggling at 5-93 and then eight for just over 100.

Unfortunately for Gympie, the Bundaberg tailed wagged and got them to 190, a score too high for Gympie to chase down.

Opening batsman Zach Gagen will be joined by Liam O'Brien at the crease.

O'Brien is coming home from boarding school to play in the final.

Gagen said it was a big boost to have O'Brien in the side.

Max Carlton and Nick Lynam are other players expected to perform.

Gagen said the boys, along with Zach Gagen, had been playing A Grade cricket in Gympie and improving their skills.

Young quick Jarred Darrach is stepping up from under-14 side.

The Queensland development squad player is super quick for his age - sending them down at more than 100kmh, in fact.

Darrach is expected to add some venom to the Gympie side.

Play gets under way at 9am tomorrow.

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