Triumph at last for Gympie Gold
IT WAS a "very surreal feeling" for Gympie Gold Offroad XI skipper Troy Ashton when his side clinched their first ever piece of silverwear after beating Caboolture in the Sunshine Coast Division One one-day final on Sunday.
It was the Gold's first ever final win since entering the competition 15 years ago and the skipper said everything they needed to go right went that way.
"Every facet we wanted to have covered was," Ashton said.
Gympie passed the home side's disappointing total of 154 in the 47th over and with five wickets to spare.
Ashton, who along with Brad Millard has been in Gympie's first-grade side all 15 years, said he was confident of winning the away match if the Snakes were kept under 200.
"The aim was to get them out for under 150, but we thought it could have been a 220 trap," Ashton said.
He said it was Kaden Dickfos who put the pressure on the Snakes early, keeping the first three wickets to under 30 runs and then Josh Brady followed to take another three from Caboolture's ranks.
With the momentum favouring the Gold, Gympie took to the crease for the 155 chase.
Third cab off the rank Jason Johnston blasted out 66 runs for the Gold, to lend ease to the remaining batsmen as they hunted down the win while allrounder Josh Brady backed up his match-best figures of 3-26 off 10 overs with 39 runs.
Gympie had been in some trouble at 3-37 before Johnston and Brady combined for a fourth-wicket partnership of 72.
To further illustrate the significance of the win, Ashton is fairly certain the Gold had never beaten the Snakes at Caboolture in any format of the game before this season.
He said yesterday's win would give the side a confidence lift for the remainder of the season.
"Our aim for the season was to win both comps," he said.
"We've done the one-day comp.
"Now our focus is the two-day comp."