Gympie cricket team plays golden first innings
CRICKET: Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI captain Kaden Dickfos says his team knows the first hour of play is crucial when it faces Glasshouse at Albert Park today.
The Gympie A-grade side completed its first innings last Saturday with a total of 210 runs despite missing six of its experienced players to the Bulls Masters Challenge.
Glasshouse made 109 runs and will step on to the crease again today with six wickets still in hand.
"The wicket was a bit wet last week but it (Albert Park) is unpredictable and you don't know what to expect week to week," Dickfos said
"With three (wickets) down at the moment if we get another two or three it should set us up for the rest of the day.
"Two hundred (runs) in our competition is competitive on any day of the week.
"The boys last week have done a good enough job with the bat to give our bowlers something to bowl to."
The last two years, Gympie has been able to bump Glasshouse out of the final but knows it is a top team in the competition.
"They will be boosted by captain Jeremy Shultz back this week," Dickfos said.
"We will be doing everything we can to get this win."
It is hoped a few supporters will head down to Albert Park today as Gympie strives to win its first two-day match of the season.
"Albert Park is a place where we feel we have the upper hand being our home grounds."
The Gold had a positive turn out for training at One Mile on Wednesday with a lot of numbers and young guns attending.
"Hopefully it will be better for the Gympie competition and improve Gympie cricket."
He said the team had a good pre-season but players are still trying to find consistency and hence the team is focusing on all areas.
Dickfos said the team was lucky to have Ashley Sippel - who scored 88 runs last week - and his son this year.
Being one of the seniors, he is a good example to the young players.
"We will try and get wickets for the first innings and then hopefully bat the rest of the day out."