Outright victory slips through Gold’s fingers
A SHORTAGE of time denied the Gympie Gold XI their first outright victory of the season at the weekend.
Gympie's premier cricket side in the Sunshine Coast Division 1 competition instead settled for first innings points against Tewantin-Noosa following a second day of play at Albert Park.
Gold skipper Kaden Dickfos yesterday applauded his team for their effort, bagging a season-opening victory following defeat at the hands of Glasshouse in the opening round.
"We played really well and dominated in the game, which was a good thing," Dickfos said.
"This kind of win builds confidence.
"Right now what's important is getting that consistency - that's our focus."
The Gold skipper said off-field commitments meant the Gold starting line up had been changing.
"It is good to get the younger blokes having that exposure but hopefully we can find a team to keep on the field," Dickfos said.
Last week, the visitors were removed from the crease after making 108 from their opening innings.
Gympie resumed at the weekend on 4-130 and pushed that total out to 262 before declaring with the fall of six wickets.
Dickfos spearheaded his team's effort with the bat, making a well-made 83 before coming unstuck in the outfield.
Joining the captain's stand behind the crease were bottom order batsmen Trevor Brady (68 not out) and brother Steven, dismissed for a handy contribution of 40.
It was a successful rescue operation for the Gold City side after earlier dropping their four opening batsmen for a combined total of 18 runs.
"It was great performance to be able to turn that around," Dickfos said.
"It is good to know that we can turn those situations around."
After declaring, Tewantin-Noosa tackled its second innings with gusto, easily surpassing its first innings effort to add a further 171 to the scoresheet and complicate the home side's outright win aspirations.
The Gold's hopes of snatching an outright win and maximum points were dashed, though, with time denying the Gympie team a chance to return to the crease and make the 18 runs needed.
"There was just not enough time in the end," Dickfos said.
"We bowled them out with five minutes to go but there was a 10 minute changeover."
The Gold's finetuning at the beginning of a new season continued last night in a Twenty20 blockbuster against Maroochydore, played in Caloundra.
Meanwhile, this weekend's assignment will be the beginning of a two-day battle against Nambour away.
Play is under way from 10.30am this weekend with home town support encouraged.
GYMPIE V TEWANTIN-NOOSA at Albert park
TEWANTIN-NOOSA INNINGS 108
L.Waugh ct Thomson b Officer - 12
D.Shepperson ct & b Schultz - 1
B. Gear ct Kratzmann b Gunner - 5
J. Brady ct Wright C. b Officer - 0
K. Dickfos ct Kratzmann b Officer - 83
Z. Gagen not out - 35
T.Brady not out - 68
S. Brady b Thompson - 40
A.Lawless not out - 13
Total: (for 6 wickets declared) 262
FOW: 5, 17, 19, 19, 141, 210.
Bowling: Officer 27-4-86-3, Payton 8-1-34-1, Gunner 9-1-49-1,
Thomson 9-2-42-1, Gray 7-0-23-0, Poole 6-2-24-0.
TEWANTIN-NOOSA 2nd INNINGS
A.Gray ct Waugh b Brady - 63
R.Wilcox ct Dickfos b Ashton - 1
C.Wright b Ashton - 0
W.Vale ct Ashton b Brady - 19
J.Officer b Savage - 8
A.Kratzmann b Kross - 7
Z.Goodchild ct Kross b Ashton - 28
A.Poole b Savage - 11
L.Gunner ct T.Brady b Dickfos - 11
R.Payton lbw b Dickfos - 0
M.Thomson not out - 9
FOW: 28, 62, 74, 88, 95, 137, 139, 152, 171, 171.
Bowling: Brady 25-11-51-2, Dickfos 15.3-2-49-2, Ashton 18-8-28-3,
Kross 6-1-10-1, Savage 10-4-21-2.
Gympie won on the first innings.