Maroochydore Blue against Gympie cricket grand final.
Gympie celebrate the win
Josh Brady (centre) walks off with his team.
Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Maroochydore Blue against Gympie cricket grand final. Gympie celebrate the win Josh Brady (centre) walks off with his team. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

The year that was in Gympie cricket

CRICKET: It was one of the most successful years in Gympie's illustrious cricket history.

The 2015/2016 season had more ups than downs both on the field and off.

The Gympie Gold XI secured a maiden premiership when they took out the Sunshine Coast division one title in March.

The Gold beat long-standing rivals Maroochydore in a sprint finish.

After losing first innings points the Gold dismissed the Swans for just 44 with the 10-wicket outright win signalling the club's first title in 19 years of competition.

Gympie's Goodchild Shield side was also part of history when they tied with South Burnett for the silverware in February.

In a nail-biting affair South Burnett won the toss and, electing to bat, were bowled out by an aggressive Gympie attack for just 147.

However Gympie suffered a mid-order batting collapse leaving the game to go down to the wire.

South Burnett skipper Jason Webber said at the time he thought his side needed 50 more runs to have any chance of having a sustainable lead.

On the local front Colts were named as the Gympie Cricket association's premiers after securing a win against Valleys.

On day two of the game, Valleys resumed their innings at 3/59 and despite a last wicket stand they fell just two runs short of forcing Colts back into bat.

Tales of extraordinary individual performances also graced the back pages this year.

Gold XI batsman Kaden Dickfos was named Queensland country cricketer of the year after earning his first baggy green cap in the Australian Country side.

Valleys' batsman Conor Ryan belted a massive 200 runs in an innings, the first in the club's recorded history to do so.

Gympie cricket stalwart Bob Blackburn was honoured by Cricket Australia for 35 years' service to the sport with fellow long-serving volunteer Jim Geiger named as the Sunshine Coast volunteer of the year.