Harlequins win cricket final
AFTER weeks of washouts, Gympie Cricket Association got on and prepared a wicket at Albert Park for the grand final match between Harlequins and Wests.
The result was a huge win for the Harlequins side who were also celebrating 60 years as a club this season.
With having lost only two matches this year Harlequins captain Dean Chandler said his side was confident going into the game.
The four-day match was reduced to a one-day format on Sunday with two-day rules, last weekend the first two days were washed out and Saturday the pitch was still too wet for play.
Harlequins won the toss and Wests went out to bat first.
Chandler said Tim Kross and Craig Sorrell did well to bowl the Wests out for 70 and when it was their turn at the crease batsmen Joe Laffey and Brett Sorrell handed them a win.
"It was a tough game," he said. "You've got to give it to the grounds committee to get the pitches ready; I didn't think we'd play."
"It was still a good game of cricket," he said.
Next season Chandler will try to keep the same side.
Meanwhile, Wests captain Neil McKean was licking his wounds yesterday after the disappointing loss.
"We didn't go too well," he told The Gympie Times.
"No one's played in six weeks and everyone's a bit rusty. We lost the toss and went in, but couldn't make the runs." He said everyone played their best.
"It's just a disappointing end of year; there was no lead-up because of the rain."
Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands thanked everyone for the season.
"It was a pretty good year for Gympie. The Gympie rep team won the Goodchild Shield. The under 19s made it to their final and the Pink Stumps campaign was pretty successful," he said.
Rowlands said the inaugural Pink Stumps day made $2500 and would become a regular event.
He also said the seven-a-side day was very successful once again.
"We did get a few washouts through the season. I thank everyone who played, the committee and umpires."