DEFENCE: Valleys’ Anthony Reid moves on to the front foot on Saturday.
DEFENCE: Valleys’ Anthony Reid moves on to the front foot on Saturday. James Loose

Gympie cricket to heat up

THE covers were lifted at Albert Park on Saturday for the start of the 2015/16 cricket season.

President Troy Rowlands said the first afternoon's play brought some great cricket and heralded a long hot summer of good quality local cricket.

Rowlands is pleased with the way the Gympie Cricket competition is looking.

He is especially pleased with the first-ever Rainbow Beach side entered in the reserve grade competition.

In their first match the Rainbow side bowled Wests out for 132 and at stumps on Saturday, they were in a good position, on three for 34.

In the A-grade competition old foes faced off for another season.

On Albert Park number one Valleys took on Colts.

Valleys posted a respectable score of 184 with Gympie Gold XI captain Kaden Dickfos top scoring with 45.

Most of the Gold XI players returned to their club teams for the first round of local fixtures to give them match practice before the start of the Sunshine Coast A-grade competition.

Next best with the bat was opener Shane Walker with 26, big-hitting Tyson Hillcoat 24 and the Gold's Troy Ashton 23.

The Colts bowlers all performed well, but Connor Sauer was the standout.

The youngster clean-bowled three batsmen including Walker.

What made his figures even more impressive was he was hit for just 13 runs.

In reply Colts were 1-0 with openers Lewis Waugh and Andy Batten still at the crease.

On Albert Park number 2 last year's two-day premiers Harlequins took on Wests.

Harlequins batted first and limped to just 124 runs.

If it weren't for Mackenzie Reen's solid 36 the premier's would have been lucky to make 100.

Openers Shane Zahner 18 and Michael Walsh 17 were the next best with the willow for Harlequins.

Wests' Anthony Brogden was the destroyer with the ball taking 4-34.

He was aided by Vasili Exarhos with 3-17 off his 13 overs.

In reply Wests were 1/43 at the end of play.

Opener Dan Wiblen was bowled for a duck by Smith, but that bought Hayden Westlake to the crease.

The youngster quickly raced to 30 and was not out at the end of play. Play will resume this Saturday.