Gympie secures back-to-back T20 titles
CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI are back in the silverware after claiming back-to-back Caloundra Events Centre T20 titles on Tuesday night.
The Gold was able to halt Nambour's quest for their 9/129 on a quick Henzell Oval wicket.
The Cutters were all out for 94 in a bowler dominated match, but not before taking several crucial Gympie wickets early.
Nambour's Sam Eiby produced a record-breaking 6/21, taking four wickets in his final six deliveries.
Nambour skipper Nick Wallace, a veteran of the Cutters' domination of the first three years of T20 competition, put the Gold in after winning the toss, a move quickly rewarded when Eiby dismissed Gympie captain Lewis Waugh in the second over.
At the other end was Ashley Sippel, normally the dynamic enforcer.
On 16 in the third over, Trevor Brady became Eiby's second victim, a move that Sippel rewarded with a trio of boundaries, and with Josh Brady entering at a precarious stage, the pair set about consolidating.
Two more overs brought the same number of runs, until the duo sorted out their roles: Sippel to bat through, Brady to follow his instincts. Successive sixes welcomed Hayden O'Connor to the bowling crease as the partnership gathered 82 runs to put the Gold on a seeming path to a 150-plus challenge at 2/99 after 15 overs, with wickets to spare.
The 16th over changed all that.
Eiby's first delivery trapped Brady in front, gone for 52 from 44 balls.
The second ball did likewise to Andy Batten.
Jared Sippel avoided the hat-trick only to be skittled fourth delivery, and Leo Cartwright suffered the same fate to end a maiden, four-wicket over, the most effective in the eight-year history of the competition.
Now 6/99, the Gold would rely on Ash Sippel to bring them home, and that he did, batting until the fourth ball of the final over, to be bowled by Wallace for 54.
The anchorman still proceeded at better than a run-a-ball.
Only two of the Gympie batsmen recorded more than three runs in the 129 total, with Eiby's return four overs, one maiden, six for 21.
Nambour was chasing less than they feared, but still a task on a wicket that while not treacherous, assisted the ball.
Steve Ledger and John Pechey opened the chase, a pursuit soon threatened at 2/3 after Anthony Reid removed Pechey then Andy Collins in his first over.
Ledger was next to go for 3/10, and only a mature Josh Matthews hung around as wickets fell too regularly, with the outcome all but sealed at 6/68 with the loss of Matthews for 35.
Reid stopped each potential revival to post a 5/14 return, now the second best set of figures, shading Cam Muir's 5/22 in 2011.
Two run-outs added to the confusion as the Cutters fell for 94 with two deliveries left in the 19th over, adding to the Gold's trophy cabinet and the legends of the competition.