Good day turns bad for Coast
A FRASER Coast representative team contested the final of the annual Goodchild Shield last year.
But there won't be one there this year after the new-look line-up slumped to its second consecutive defeat in round two of the three-round inter-regional competition at Urangan's Keith Dunne Oval.
Gympie beat the Fraser Coast, who lost to Bundaberg in the final 12 months ago, by two wickets in a low-scoring affair.
It was a game that Mother Nature and a dodgy wicket played major roles in.
The Shane Muller-captained Fraser Coast batted first and things didn't go well from the start.
Eight balls into the game the umpires took the players off the field after they decided the wicket was not fit to play on because it was damp.
Twenty minutes later they deemed it dry enough to start again, but Muller's team struggled to cope and was dismissed for 95.
Past Grammars batsman Brad Wex was the only player to show any signs of resistance, top scoring with 30.
In reply, the Gympie batsmen found the going just as tough, slumping to five for 54 at one stage before limping to eight for 96.
Opening bowler Aiden Worth did his best to make life tough for the Gympie batsmen.
Worth, who plays his club cricket for the Hervey Bay-based Mariners, took an impressive five for 27 off his allotted 10 overs.
The defeat means the Fraser Coast is now out of contention to play in the final and will play Bundaberg in the game to decide who wins the wooden spoon on December 12.
Not surprisingly, Muller said it had been a disappointing way to bow out of the race for the finals.
“Having to bat on that wicket made it tough to post a competitive score,” the Bushrangers all-rounder said.
“We thought we could defend what we posted – we certainly gave it a good crack.
“Aiden (Worth) bowled superbly – he was really lively and made the Gympie batsmen hop about,” Muller said.
“What made it harder for us was that the pitch had dried out a lot during the lunch break and made it easier for Gympie to bat on.
“We gave it our all though and they had to work real hard before they won it.”