Not good day in the Goodchild

GYMPIE may have stumped any hopes Fraser Coast representative cricketers had of winning the Goodchild Shield this season.

After beating South Burnett in round one, the Fraser Coast slumped to disappointing 113-run defeat against Gympie in the second round of the one-day competition at Albert Park in the Gold City.

The hosts batted first and were all-out for a competitive 248 in the 48th over of their allotted 50.

Opener Louis Waugh smashed 116 off 118 balls.

Jordan Darlington (four for 41), Shane Muller (three for 61) and Marty Maloney (two for 50) were the pick of the Fraser Coast bowlers.

In reply, the Fraser Coast were soon in trouble at two for 10 following the early dismissals of Sam Chew (1) and Paul Mathiesen (2).

Brad Wex (21), Muller (26), captain Brad Quinn (22 not out) and Matt Muller (23) did their best to resurrect the innings but it was not good enough as the Coast crashed to be all-out for 135.

Losing five wickets for 14 runs in the middle order didn’t help the cause either.

Fraser Coast opening bowler Ashley Renouf said the overall performance was nowhere near as good as it should have been.

“We did well with the ball to restrict Gympie to 248 because they were one for 124 at one stage – they looked set to post a big score,” said Renouf, who will play for South Queensland Country in the Queensland Country selection showdown against North Queensland in Townsville later this month.

“But will pulled them back and to dismiss them for what we did was a good effort.

“Saying that, we really let ourselves down when we batted.

“We just didn’t bat well anywhere near good enough and you won’t win games playing like that.”

The Fraser Coast will take on defending champions Bundaberg in the final game next month, a must-win game if they want to have any chance of playing in the final.

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