By Joe Laffey
Gympie Half-ton Cricket Club played their first home game of the season in the South Queensland Gill Chapman Shield Competition on Saturday the 8th of May 2021. Excellent playing conditions greeted Trent Ryan’s Brisbane White team, and after being sent in to bat by Gympie Skipper Wayne ’Merv’ Sleeman, the Brisbane side got off to a cracking start reaching 0-79 by the 12th over.
The opening partnership between Australian over 50 representatives Ryan and Brown looked unbreakable until Ash ’Lizard’ Sippel pulled off a remarkable direct hit run out at the non-strikers end from cover after running around a ball that Ryan (36) pushed into a yawning gap on the offside.
This dismissal allowed the Half-Tonners to claw their way back into the match and despite Brown’s sensational innings of 58 not out off 63 balls Brisbane White lost 9 wickets for 121 in the final 33 overs of their innings eventually posting a total of 9-200 at the completion of their innings.
Best of the Gympie bowlers was Sippel with 2-33 off 9 overs. He was well supported by Sleeman 1-52, Venn 1-34, Maher 1-31, Reedman 1-32 and Mitchell 1-16 resulting in a much improved effort in the field then the Half-Tonners debut fixture against Gold Coast.
Unfortunately the Half-Tonners batsman could not reproduce their Gold Coast form being dismissed for 99 in the 32nd over. Gympie collapsed from the sound position of 2-55 after 12 overs with ’Lizard’ Sippel (28) and Troy ’Boycott’ Dennien (20) producing a 30 run stand to wrestle some momentum back after losing both openers cheaply.
However, the Half-Tonners lost 8 wickets for 44 off 20 overs from that point as Brisbane Whites bowling group grabbed the match by the throat and strangled Gympie’s middle order.
Man of the match for the Gympie Half-Tonners was Ash Sippel and Gavin Brown was awarded the Brisbane man of the Match.
The Half-Tonners are looking forward to their next match, a home game against Redlands/Logan on May 22 at Keith Manthey Oval.