GREAT SPELL: Weston Dingle steams in to Lex Webster.
GREAT SPELL: Weston Dingle steams in to Lex Webster.

Dingle spell, fine Nock innings downs Gayndah

IT IS one of cricket’s basic adages: catches win matches.

On Saturday, Gayndah were left to rue what might have been as Mundubbera put on 6 for 266 before restricting their opponents to 175, claiming the opening rubber of the three-match Don Proctor Shield.

Batting first, Mundubbera openers Blake Augustine and Alan Nock put on an opening stand of 177 runs, but they both easily could have been in the sheds early.

In the third over, a sizzling Augustine drive burst through David Shepherd’s hands at short cover, while the next over, captain Lex Webster had one go in and out at mid off.

Nock, meanwhile, began his innings first ball with an imperious flick for four over mid-wicket, but he too could have been out before doing too much damage, yet Russell Baker put him down running back from gully under a swirling ball, while wicketkeeper ‘Dinga’ George shelled him off the bowling of Webster.

Both batsmen peppered the legside boundary, while occasionally unfurling booming lofted straight drives.

All up, the two batsmen were dropped six times before Tyler George-Burns’ medium pace finally had Augustine caught behind for 83.

The same over, he moved one off the seam to castle number three Douglas Kumar.

The pacy Zac Dann then castled Bailey Kimber for 10, sending two stumps flying, before Weston Dingle was run-out by George-Burns’ underarm flick.

Dann had begun chirruping at Nock after he entered the ‘nervous nineties’ and when off-spinning Baker pinned him down Nock made the mistake, sweeping at a ball that was far too full and was given out LBW for 98.

“It was a very scratchy 98,” Nock confessed.

Captain Shannon Steinhardt biffed a couple of boundaries before being bowled by Webster for 16, while Jacob Kimber and Troy Voss saw out the innings with scores of seven and 13 respectively.

In response, your journalist and Wes Bramley put on an opening stand of 34 before Dingle, bowling first change, bowled Bramley for six courtesy an inside edge.

A bouncer the same over sent George-Burns back for a duck, top edging to the wicket keeper.

Dingle struck a third time in his next over, sending your journalist back bowled via an inside edge for 26 (another basic cricket adage: convert your starts).

Captain Steinhardt had Dann LBW for 15, before B Kimber had the dangerous Carlos Mendoza out cheaply.

It seemed like Gayndah would struggle to crest 150, but no one told Webster, who began connecting with the ball sweetly and compiled a classy knock of 64, including 15 off four Augustine balls.

He was always chasing the run rate however, and in an attempt to lift the scoring, trod on his stumps while going back to Jordan Parr.

Had he not, he would have gotten four runs for it.

Dingle was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 25, while Parr finished with two for 31.

Webster said Gayndah would have been in with a shot if they had a big partnership batting.

Other games in the series will be played on November 23 and in late February.

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