Gold shakes off loss to beat Rangers
IN A crucial double header at the weekend, the Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI was put to the test with a win and a loss from two games determined in the final over.
On Saturday the Gympie A-grade side faced its major rivals, the Caboolture Snakes, at the crease and was eager to take a win against last season's one-day premiers.
Gympie was unable to stop the home side from taking the victory at Grant Rd as the side struggled to take the final wicket from Snakes.
Gold captain Kaden Dickfos said his team held Caboolture at 9/75 at one point in the match however could not stop the tail end from successfully chasing their runs with the Snakes making 9/129.
"It was disappointing that we couldn't stop them from getting the final runs," Dickfos said.
Gympie knew the side had to play its best cricket to claim the win after only making 128 runs.
Dickfos said the grassy pitch suited Caboolture's slower bowling but Gympie did just as well at the pitch.
Yesterday's clash against the Glasshouse Rangers also came down to the final over, however this time Gympie was crowned the victors.
"It was nice to be on the winning side of a tight game," Dickfos said.
Glasshouse produced plenty of runs at the beginning of its innings at home with batsman Daniel Cahill making 75 not out.
Gympie bowlers responded tenfold as Brycen Mitchell took three of their key wickets, slowing the Rangers' momentum who finished with 9/203 after their 50 overs.
A show-stopping opening by Gympie's winning partnership Lewis Waugh and Steven Brady got Gympie off to a flying start.
"It looked like we were doing it comfortably with 20 overs to go," Dickfos said.
Although Gympie was confident, it still came down to the final over for Gold to win 5/206 against Glasshouse's 9/203.
Dickfos said the top four teams were pretty even with two rounds remaining before finals.
"We knew the two games on the weekend were going to be tough," he said.
"Some things went our way others didn't- at the end of the day they were two tough games."
Dickfos said although it would have been better to win both games, the Gold was happy to bag a win.
Gympie picks up the action again this weekend looking for double points against Noosa at home.