Two days will decide champ
AFTER weeks of no play because of rain, Gympie’s top cricket teams are set to do battle for the Cooloola Civil Construction Cup in the grand final.
The A grade final will be contested between minor premiers Wests and Harlequins, the team that held top spot for most of the season.
The match is sure to be evenly contested on a pitch that should offer assistance to the bowlers.
The final was meant to get cracking last weekend, but rain put paid to that, so the final has been reduced to just the two days over the weekend.
Wests skipper Neil McKean said it was a shame the match could only be played over two days, but was keen for a victory.
“When it’s just a two-day final, if you have a bad day you’re gone. In a four-day final you can have that bad day and still have time to redeem yourself,” McKean said.
“But it’s the same for both teams; we both have to bat and bowl well all weekend.
“It’s been three weeks since anyone has been able to play, so any form you did or didn’t have counts for nothing now.
“Before the rain I think we were on the up and Harlequins were on a downer, but it’s all even stevens now.”
Harlequins all-rounder Peter Kross yesterday said his team was looking forward to actually getting to contest the final.
“We were meant to play Wests in the one day final, but it got washed out,” Kross said.
“Now we are going to get our chance to take them on and find out if we are the premiers.
“We are a bit dirty on ourselves for not winning the minor premiership – we were in front by eight or nine points.
“We’re looking at the final as a way to make things right.”
The key men for Harlequins will be opening bowler Craig Sorrell and classy batsman and captain Mick Walsh, while Wests’ Scott Reedman scored a century in his last innings and bowlers Brett Long and Wayne Sleeman are coming off five-wicket hauls.
Play starts at Albert Park at 1pm today and at 10.30am tomorrow.
The reserve grade final between Wests and Valleys and the C grade final between Tin Can Bay and Valleys will also be played this weekend.