Gympie Gold grinds out win to keep hopes alive
CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI has continued its late season form revival with a dominant win over Glasshouse at the weekend.
The Rangers had resumed at 0-10 with all day to reach a 275 target, and Ricky Sawyer and Steve Forster wary against Josh Brady and Troy Ashton.
Only spinners such as Matt Anderson and Chris Welsh can match Ashton in choking runs, and in his fourth over hit hard to remove Forster, and Dan Cahill first ball.
When Leo Cartwright bowled Sawyer for 3-35, longtime openers Liam Moffett and Brett Milini were reunited at the crease, and with Jeremy Schultz padded up, the trio carried the home hopes. The Gold medium-pacers pecked away without reward, and at 3-79, Brady returned with Jarrod Sippel at the other end.
Four maidens piled up pressure, then three balls from lunch Brady found Moffett's edge.
The Gympie bowlers now had one more breakthrough to make, and this against a pair with more than 13,000 runs and nearly 500 games between them.
Milini brought up his 33rd local half-century before Leo Cartwright caused the catch for 5-152 and the dam burst.
The end came in just 20 more overs at 193 when a still-fighting Schultz was run out for 47, a win brought about as much by Sippel's 0-7 from 11 overs as Ashton's 4-17 from the same number, because it was the grind from a champion team that won the day.
The Gold will sit this round out with their scheduled bye.