Gympie Gold much closer to big win after recent points grab
GYMPIE has moved closer to a maiden minor premiership after setting up a chance for maximum points against Nambour in Round 11 of SCCA Division 1 fixtures.
In a dramatic turnaround from their previous match loss to Tewantin-Noosa in the last of one-day fixtures, the Gold dismissed the visitors for 90 at Albert Park, ending the day at 5-232 with the outright win looming.
Already nearly 20 points clear at the top of the ladder, Gympie relished the chance to bowl at Nambour, with stocks reduced by injuries to Jamie Malcom and Hayden Greig, although Steve Ledger and Brett Milini represented a formidable hurdle as openers.
"We bowled really well," Ashton said
"It was a good all-round effort from our boys," he said, although he did admit the tail end of the Cutter's batting line up got away more than Gympie would have liked.
The strongest in Nambour's opening line-up were knocked out quickly however, with the first breach being made when Ashton found a false stroke from Milini (5).
Then Ledger's removal for 21 became part of a three-wicket stumble on 37.
The Cutters had no recovery, just the usual Jamie Winn resistance to raise a disappointing 90.
Kaden Dickfos took 4-34 but Brad Millard's 3-15 gives him a three-wicket lead over his teammate as the competition's best with 31 victims.
Ashton said the job was done just after lunch, which gave time for the Gold to make a solid 5 for 232 before the end of the day.
Quick runs are the Gold's forte, and Steve Brady had added 16 before partner Dan Shepperson was trapped in front by Craig McDonald for a duck.
At 3-54, Josh Brady entered, showing his own brand of magic to strike an unbeaten 110, including a club best sixth wicket stand of 153 with 50 from Andy Batten setting up for a declaration, already 142 in credit.
"Josh and Andy set a platform for us to nudge ahead, I take my hat off to them."
Ashton said Gold would "go for the jugular" when they resumed play this Saturday, however it was yet to be decided whether they would declare straight-up or have another hit of the ball.