Phil Proctor of Bundaberg plays a cut shot away from the hands of Gympie keeper Cameron Quinn.
Phil Proctor of Bundaberg plays a cut shot away from the hands of Gympie keeper Cameron Quinn.

Bundy stunned by Gympie's win

BUNDABERG slumped to their first loss against Gympie in more than five years Sunday, falling short by a massive 102 runs at Salter Oval.

The home side was back-peddling before a ball was bowled Sunday- and when one was, it got even worse.

Star batsman and new captain Brendan Prossliner pulled out before the toss after damaging his back while bowling for Across The Waves in Saturday's game.

And to add insult to injury, his brother Trent pulled up lame in his second over and did not take any further part in the loss.

Batting first, Gympie compiled a decent 267, thanks to 67 from Josh Brady and 74 to Ashley Sipple, both at better than a run-a-ball.

“Sipple's innings was probably the difference, he batted quite well and they got away from us towards the end,” Bundaberg skipper Mat Fleming said.

In fact Gympie amassed 88 runs in their last 10 overs, releasing the pressure built by some tight bowling from Chris Duff (2-45) and Steve Nichols (1-22) in the middle period.

“Duffy (Chris Duff) bowled well, with a bit more flight than Saturday (against Country Wests) and Red (Nichols) and Josh Haynes (2-50) did a good job as well,” Fleming said.

Loose shots and soft dismissals were the norm in Bundaberg's reply, with Travis Henke (46) and Phil Proctor (25) throwing away their wickets after getting set.

Mick Parsons and Jarrod Laycock both fell cheaply, as did Chris Anderson and Josh Haynes.

When Fleming (19) and Nichols (2) fell in quick succession, the game was as good as gone for Bundaberg.

Despite their strong batting order on paper, no one stood up to anchor the innings and some late hitting from Chris Duff (14) saved last year's Goodchild premiers from complete humiliation.

Fleming lamented the loss of the Prossliner pair, but hinted that the root of their problems stretched deeper than a couple of injuries.

“I'd like to see more senior players put their hands up to play rep cricket to be honest,” he said.

“Right now I just don't think the commitment is there like it should be.”

The extents of the Prossliner duo's injuries are unknown at this stage, but both are hopeful of returning for next Saturday's showdown with Brothers.



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