Gympie team bats for gold
CRICKET: The Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI team have started off the cricket season with a cracking contest against Redlands reserve-grade team as a trial match heading in to the 2015/2016 season.
The Gold sported its new jerseys in Brisbane earlier this month for the first and only trial game before they jump in to the A-grade Sunshine Coast Cricket competition next weekend.
Gympie Gold captain Kaden Dickfos said the away team gave Redlands a bit of a shock, pulling out all the stops as top-order batsman Josh Brady smashing 95 runs and three wickets with Dean Chandler also taking three.
"Josh is still in unbelievable form from last season."
Dickfos added his own 36 runs and two wickets, backed up by Troy Ashton, who made another 29 runs.
With Gympie's batting order in form it came down to the final ball for the Gold to tie the game with 254 runs.
Gympie needed a six off the last ball to draw the game and Tyson Hillcoat came through clearing the boundary.
"The good thing we can take out of that game is that we were in a position to win that game," Dickfos said.
"We were able to compete and put in the runs."
This year the Gympie Gold are looking at a squad of about 18 with plenty of players to choose from rather than chasing enough to make a team as in previous years.
The ranks are filled with the same faces from last season except for Ash Lawless and Travis Chandler.
The Gympie Gold has gained Anthony Reid, Dean Chandler, Ash Sippel and Jarrod Sippel.
Dickfos said the younger players are making themselves available again, which is a good sign for the club.
The A-grade side will play in the Gympie Cricket Association competition today before playing in a day of 20/20 cricket in Maroochydore with the other eight Sunshine Coast A-grade teams.
The Gold plays its first two-day game of the season at Albert Park on October 3 against Glasshouse, however about six players will be away for the first day of play as they will be competing at the Queensland Bulls Masters 20/20 challenge in Mackay.
"Every game is important and we have spoken about what we want to achieve."
The side wants to be more than mere bridesmaids this season and will do their best to take it all the way after being pipped at the post by Caboolture last season.
He said the team were fortunate to keep all their minor sponsors and add a major sponsor, Stirling Homes, this season.
"We have a complete new look and thanks to Stirling Homes we were able to do that."