Partnership a winner
CRICKET: Gympie West toppled the Harlequins by a whopping 143 runs during the second day of play on Saturday after an unusual partnership of youth and experience got Wests over the line.
A ninth-wicket partnership between Anthony Brogden and Ross Gibbs secured a Wests victory after the 19-year-old and senior player collectively made 140 runs.
The pair who were like clockwork on the pitch at Albert Park had put 70 runs each on the scoreboard with Brogden still going strong, finishing the day 72 not out while also taking four wickets from Harlequins during their first innings.
Gympie Wests captain Brett Long said it had been a big change for West compared to last season.
"We have started off the season fairly well."
He said they knew Harlequins did not have a full-strength side but would take the needed points heading into the season.
After winning the toss last weekend Wests sent Harlequins in to bat and middle-order batsman Mackenzie Reen scored a total of 36 runs to keep his team in the game before Long caught a high ball to send him packing.
"The conditions were conducive to having a bowl first," Long said.
With Harlequins lower order offering another 16 runs the team finished at 124 for the first innings.
Hayden Westlake smashed a half-century at the beginning of the innings.
Harlequins bowler Mark Smith kept the rest of the top-order quiet and finished the day taking five wickets in his A-grade debut but even his efforts could not prevent Wests winning partnership going all the way to finish the day with 267 runs more than doubling their opposition's score.