Josh Brady scored 120 runs during Gympie’s innings and took 4/12 against Nambour on Saturday at Albert Park.
Josh Brady scored 120 runs during Gympie’s innings and took 4/12 against Nambour on Saturday at Albert Park. Patrick Woods

Top knock for Brady

JOSH Brady led by example as acting captain at the weekend, making 120 not out for the Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI for its second outright victory in a row.

Brady not only scored the most runs for Gympie at Albert Park on Saturday but took 4/12 with the ball.

He said this was one of his highest scores for the Gold and had been gaining confidence at the crease each week this season.

"I'm just there to play and have fun and whatever happens, happens," Brady said.

After taking the outright against Noosa in the last round and now again against Nambour, Gold is sitting comfortably in the top four of the Sunshine Coast A-grade two-day competition ladder.

The home side began the match with nine wickets in hand and a progressive 144 runs chasing Nambour's first innings score of 187.

Gympie easily surpassed Nambour's total before lunch, with Ashley Sippel reaching his century with 103.

Gold was boosted by Sippel's hundred and lost only a few wickets before Brady made his appearance on the pitch, with a top performance that resulted in another century.

Troy Ashton blossomed

after a shaky start to hit two sixes and five fours for 45 before Gympie declared at 5/370.

"We did better than I expected," Brady said.

"It was a pretty good team effort all round," he said.

Brady said after speaking to experienced players including Brad Millard and Troy Ashton during the break, he decided that the

A-grade side would return to the pitch for another half an hour so Nambour would have to field during the heat of the day.

"The plan was always to bat until lunch time," he said.

He said for the team to make a score of 370 with five key players missing at the weekend, at Schaeffer Shield in Ipswich, was a huge effort.

Anthony Reid quickly took the first wicket and Brady took care of the rest of the top order, knocking over four wickets.

In his first A-grade game, leggie Vasili Exharos also managed to take four wickets for only 16 runs which left Nambour struggling to finish with only 46.

"He (Exharos) did his job really well, Brady said.

"We got them out pretty cheaply," he said.

Brady said being able to take the outright despite missing key players had lifted confidence and he hoped Gold could continue its

momentum.

 

"We have started pretty well and if we continue to do what we are doing we could be a big threat in the competition," he said.