Steve Brady pictured in a previous match for Gold got Gympie’s innings off to a good start with 37 in the Caloundra Events Centre T20 grand final on Tuesday night.
Steve Brady pictured in a previous match for Gold got Gympie’s innings off to a good start with 37 in the Caloundra Events Centre T20 grand final on Tuesday night. Contributed

Gympie loses 2015 T20

THE Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI lost the Caloundra Events Centre T20 grand final to the Glasshouse Rangers on Tuesday after a dropped catch on the last ball.

Gympie Gold captain Kaden Dickfos said the catch went up on the last ball and was dropped giving the Rangers the win.

It was a poor wicket for a T20 match at Caloundra as Gympie only just broke 100 runs which even Glasshouse struggled to chase.

The Rangers had been set a goal of 104 to win against the Gold. On a Henzell Oval wicket where forcing the pace was to prove difficult, Steve Brady supplied the early power while the dangers from Glasshouse bowler Heath Fischer's spin became obvious. His 2/8 and a closing 2/14 by leggie Ash Baartz defined the innings.

"Steve batted well and got the innings off to a good start," Dickfos said.

Only Brady's 37 from 32 balls beat par, until a last ditch flurry of 18 from 10 faced by Shaun Savage took the Gold into three figures. Curtis Schofield begrudged just 10 from his late spell, leaving 8/103, to challenge a strong Rangers top order.

Dean Chandler's first over removed any thoughts of complacency in the Glasshouse camp, with Liam Moffett and Dan Cahill both gone in 2/2. When Savage dismissed Schultz for 9 and Josh Brady bowled a strangely promoted Schofield for 6, the Rangers were floundering at 4/29 after nine overs.

Lachie Pill stayed around until the tally reached 57, while Milini collected runs regularly as the only batsman to come to terms with the pitch. His presence kept the quest alive, but when Kaden Dickos hit his stumps at 6/63, the task of 39 from the remaining four overs looked overwhelming.

But nobody had told Hayden Owen and Bryce Smith they were outclassed. The pitch fairy must have waved her wand to concoct a belter for the final term as the magic of carefree youth manufactured 26 off the first 18 balls, heralding a final over where 13 was required to complete the miracle.

Dean Chandler had the cherry for perhaps his most important closing, a deserved status after 2/5 from three overs. Two doubles and a single from Owen still lacked the required rate, and more importantly put the less credentialed Smith on strike. A dot ball calmed Gold pulses, leaving 8 needed off the last three deliveries.

Then Chandler strayed into Smith's hitting window as he sought the stumps, for the shot to carry the boundary and Gympie's composure with it. Now it was two from two, and a dab guaranteed the first run, but the winning second was too hopeful as Steve Brady smashed the wicket, removing Smith but levelling the scores.

Up outside off was the recipe as Ash Baartz looked on, strikeless while Owen went for broke. He sliced the edge to a brought-up third man but the chance wasn't held while the Glasshouse pair crossed, confirmed and hugged, with audacity the winner.

Dickfos said at the end of the day the game could have gone either way and Gold were just happy to have been given the opportunity to compete in their first ever T20 grand final.

He thanked all the supporters at the game.

SCOREBOARD

T20 FINAL

GYMPIE v GLASSHOUSE

Henzell Oval

GYMPIE INNINGS

Sippel A. ct Besselaar b Fischer

4

Brady S. ct & b Baartz

37

Brady J. ct Milini b Fischer

0

Dickfos K. ct Besselaar b Smith

8

Kennedy J. run out

4

Carlton M. b Baartz

6

Reid A. run out

5

Shepperson D. ct Milini b Schultz

0

Mitchell B. not out

2

Savage S. not out

18

Sundries:

20

Total:

8/103

Fow: 11, 19, 56, 64, 68, 73, 80, 80.

Bowling: Schultz 4-0-33-1, Fischer 4-1-8-2, Besselaar 2-0-10-0, Smith 3-0-23-1, Schofield 3-0-10-0, Baartz 4-1-14-2.

Overs: 20.

GLASSHOUSE INNINGS

Moffett L. lbw b Chandler

2

Milini B. b Dickfos

26

Cahill D. ct S. Brady b Chandler

0

Schultz J. ct Sippel b Savage

9

Schofield C. b J Brady

6

Pill L. lbw b Dickfos

9

Owen H. not out

22

Smith B. run out

18

Baartz A. not out

0

Sundries:

12

Total:

7/104

FOW: 2, 2, 13, 29, 57, 63, 103.

Bowling: Chandler 4-0-18-2, Savage 4-0-28-1, Sippel 4-0-21-0, Brady 4-0-10-1, Dickfos 4-0-20-2. Overs: 20

WON BY GLASSHOUSE