Gympie too strong for Bundaberg
THREE wickets in three balls was the turning point for Bundaberg when they lost the Goodchild Trophy to Gympie on Sunday at Albert Park.
Gympie never looked back from the collapse and held on to chase down Bundaberg’s meagre 158 to claim a historic and well-deserved premiership.
“Gympie made a concerted effort to win this trophy this year, and their young guys made the effort to back up from the Sunshine Coast competition,” Wide Bay cricket president Don Proctor said.
“They showed that they are the number one team in the competition this year and they deserved to win.”
After being sent in on a suspect pitch, Bundaberg were 1-67 before Travis Henke skied a ball and was well caught for 19.
In the next over, Kaden Dickfos had Zac Keune and Phil Proctor lbw, both for first-ball ducks.
Nichols followed soon after, leaving Bundaberg reeling at 5-71.
Wicketkeeper Murray Wenzel completed the collapse, becoming Dickfos’s fourth wicket.
Dan Faulkner (26) and Jarrod Laycock (27) gave Bundaberg something to defend before Dickfos grabbed his fifth and ended the innings in the 43rd over.
Bundaberg started with a full head of steam after the short break, picking up dangerous brothers Steve and Josh Brady both without scoring.
Braydon Graham took a screamer to dismiss Steve Brady, before his direct-hit run-out sent Josh on his way.
Gympie captain Tim McIntosh was Rhys Grills’ second scalp and Bundaberg were suddenly in the box seat.
A determined Lewis Waugh (66), who survived two dropped catches, batted for 32 overs while his team-mates dropped like flies.
But Grills picked up Waugh’s wicket and once again the momentum was with Bundaberg.
However Gympie had the final say, knocking off the runs in fine style despite some tight bowling from Bundy’s Chris Duff (1-14 from 10 overs).