Gympie topples Bundy
GYMPIE commenced its bid for cricket's Goodchild Shield with a watershed victory over Bundaberg at the weekend.
The match was played away at Salter Oval in Bundaberg on Sunday, and Gympie posted a dominant performance to beat the host team by 102 runs.
In addition to being a top-class win, the victory also ended a losing streak to Bundaberg that had prevailed forbiddingly for the last five years.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn was pleased with the outcome.
“It was a good game by Gympie and it's nice to see the back of that losing streak,” he said.
Gympie batted first and despite losing its opening pair of Danny Shepperson and Shane Zahner for 28 runs, Josh Brady stepped up to the mark and got the run rate ticking over.
Brady batted fearlessly to notch up 67 before eventually being caught in the outfield off a Chris Duff delivery.
Ashley Sipple, fresh from an outstanding game for the Gold XI the day before, continued to inflict damage on Bundaberg with a massive 74 haul of his own.
Gympie concluded its innings on 267 before Bundaberg commenced its chase looking to find that extra spark.
Instead, they found themselves smothered by Gympie's bowling attack.
Bundaberg limped its way to the end of its innings, amassing only 165 and falling desperately short.