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Hot Fraser Coast aims to host shield decider

PAUL Sanders again showed his class, scoring another century to lead the Fraser Coast to a comprehensive win over Gympie in the second Goodchild Shield match in Maryborough.

The Fraser Coast smashed 268 off their 50 overs to defeat Gympie by 142 runs in their match on Sunday.

Fraser Coast captain Adam Kratzmann said the star batting performance again came from Sanders who scored another century.

"That's his third on the trot," Kratzmann said.

Saunders peeled off 109 runs before being caught.

His stellar performance was backed up by Sam Chew who helped steer Fraser Coast to a commanding position.

Kratzmann was full of praise for his batsmen. "It was a pretty comprehensive win," he said.

With 268 on the board, Gympie was against the wall and Kratzmann knew a win was in their grasp after grabbing an early wicket.

"We got the early wicket of Lewis Waugh - he was the big wicket and we got him in the first over," he said.

"After we got him, we knew we were in with a pretty good chance."

As rain washed out games in Maryborough on Saturday, there was a chance the Goodchild Shield tussle would be rain affected.

But the weather held off and the Fraser Coast was able to make the most of an easy pitch.

"The wicket was a bit wet but I was ecstatic with 268 - I thought 220 was about par on that wicket," Kratzmann said.

Sanders' century was scored in mild conditions with a touch of sideways movement early on.

The win will send a full-strength Fraser Coast side to Bundaberg next month to decide who hosts the final.

Most players will continue to play club cricket leading into that match but some will take a few weeks off.

Last year, Bundaberg scored 300 and the Fraser Coast was able to chase it down, leaving Kratzmann pumped for January's rematch.

"We got our full strength side for that weekend so that should be a good game of cricket," he said.

"They've got a cracking side - they've got a young side but they've got a very good side.

"That's going to be a very good game of cricket that one."

SCOREBOARD

 

Fraser Coast 8-268

(P Sanders 109, S Chew 88; T Chandler 10-1-4-40)

def Gympie 126

(T Kross 20, T Chandler 20; A Kratzmann 6-2-3-23)

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