Gympie reclaims Goodchild Shield
A 101-RUN partnership between Cameron Quinn and Andy Batten has helped Gympie win back the Goodchild Shield from the Burnett.
Gympie and the Burnett faced off in the grand final of the Open Wide Bay cricket competition on a moist Albert Park on Sunday.
The Burnett was the first team to bat in the 50-over final and was on the ropes early after some great bowling by the Gympie attack.
However, the Burnett tail fought back against Gympie to post a respectable 176-run total on a damp wicket.
Captain Steve Brady tried his luck with the ball and was the main destroyer ending up with the impressive figures of 3-18 off six overs.
Big Chris Hughes also took three wickets for Gympie.
His figures of 3-25 off eight overs really helped put Gympie in the box seat.
Brady said all the bowlers bowled well in the final, but they should have had the Burnett batsmen out a lot earlier.
A 59-run ninth-wicket partnership by the Burnett, which included a 41-run stand by the Burnett's Kyran Tunstall, bolstered the
visitors' innings and gave them some hope of rescuing the final.
When Gympie made their way to the crease to start the run chase it was obvious the Burnett thought they were still in with a chance.
At one stage Gympie were in a lot of trouble with four of the top order failing with the bat.
"We were four for 40 at one stage," Brady said.
"That's when Andy joined Quinny at the crease."
The birthday knock of 70 (Quinn turned 32 on Sunday) by Quinn was enough to win the game and earn him Man of the Match honours, but Batten must have also been in the Man of the Match calculations scoring 65 not out.
Brady was full of praise for Quinn and Batten saying their partnership got the Gympie side over the line.
"They got us back in the game when we were 4-40," Brady said.
The win is great news for Gympie cricket and a bit of payback for last year when the Burnett beat Gympie.