Wet wicket drama punctuates win
UMPIRES walked off the oval after the second ball of the Gympie and Fraser Coast battle in the Goodchild Shield at the weekend.
Playing at Hervey Bay for the second round match, Gympie won the encounter by two wickets, but the victory was shrouded in controversy.
Fraser Coast failed to cover the wicket late in the week, exposing it to the wet weather.
Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said last-minute efforts were made to salvage the batting surface.
“There was no grass on the wicket and it was soft and waterlogged,” he said.
“They were rolling it to try and dry it out but it wasn’t in very good condition at all.”
Fraser Coast won the toss and elected to bat and after the second ball was bowled, the match umpires revolted.
“The umpires just walked off unhappy with the playing conditions,” Blackburn said.
Officials from both teams spoke with the umpires and it was agreed to continue with the match, despite a consensus the wicket was substandard.
Both teams struggled on the wicket, reflected in the low scoring.
Fraser Coast made 95 from its innings and cashing in on the tough conditions were Gympie bowlers Dean Chandler, Tom White and Tim Kross. Chandler claimed three while White and Kross took two each.
Gympie’s run chase was spearheaded by Patrick Roser (26) and Travis Chandler (22) and the visitors eclipsed Fraser Coast’s total in the 35th over and with two wickets spare.
Gympie next plays South Burnett away on December 12 and must win to be a chance at defending their title from last year.