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Wests secure minor premiership

MINOR PREMIERS: Wests’ captain Neil McKean (above) has led his side to the minor premiership over Harlequins. Both sides now meet in the final.
MINOR PREMIERS: Wests’ captain Neil McKean (above) has led his side to the minor premiership over Harlequins. Both sides now meet in the final. Craig Warhurst

GYMPIE A-grade cricket team Wests has sealed the minor premiership after today’s final round of play at the One Mile Ovals was declared a washout yesterday afternoon.

Wests stole the minor premiership from rivals Harlequins despite Harlequins spending a considerable portion of the season at the top of the competition ladder.

Less than a single premiership point divided the sides ahead of today’s final day of play.

But the celebrations for Wests will be short-lived as both sides line up next weekend for the first day of a four-day premiership final.

For Harlequins, it will be a shot at redemption after letting the minor premiership slip through their fingers.

Wests’ captain Neil McKean said it was an honour to claim the minor premiership, but reminded his players the hard task of winning the premiership remained ahead.

“We had a slow start to the season, like we always do, but we came good towards the end of the season,” he said.

Winning the minor premiership without stepping foot onto the wicket was not ideal, according to the skipper.

“We would have preferred to get another day’s play under our belts before the final,” he said.

McKean said his team was not feeling much pressure ahead of the final.

“I think more pressure is on Harlequins because they have been having a bad run lately,” he said.

Wests made the final last year but lost to Valleys. Prior to that, the side tasted victory in 2008.

For Harlequins, it has been much longer since their last victory more than 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, the Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn advised all turf matches today have been washed out but Gabba grass matches will go ahead at the Gympie Indoor Sports Centre.

Gympie Times