Tweed falls shy of mark
A DETERMINED knock of 56 by Aaron Laycock couldn't help Tweed chase down the Gold Coast in their opening match of the Webb Shield at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville yesterday.
Set a target of 9-183 by the Gold Coast, Tweed fell short by just 18 runs to be all out for 165 in the 42nd over.
Gold Coast won the toss and elected to bat.
They compiled a competitive total thanks to number three batsman Craig Mitchell with 49 and number seven Tom Marr with 30.
For the Tweed, their best bowlers were new recruit Kayne Gillingham with 2-36 off 10 overs, ably helped by Michael Anderson with 2-31 off eight and Dan Lawton 2-30 off six overs.
Tweed's run chase started disastrously with opener Craig Wilson out for a duck from the third ball by Queensland Country paceman Sean Fitzsimmons to have the locals at 1-0.
When Heath Wilson was out for eight, Tweed was lurching at 2-10.
However a 43 run partnership between wicketkeeper Matt Sheen and Tate Burns-Vickery helped steady the Tweed ship before Burns-Vickery was run out, bringing Laycock to the crease.
While Laycock was able to compile a good score, he found himself running out of partners.
Former Palm Beach player Jack Boote added some spark to the Tweed innings with a dazzling 30 off 22 balls including one six knocked out of the ground.
Sadly for Laycock, he ran out of partners while closing in on the Gold Coast and remained not out for his innings.
With the representative season off to an early start this year, the Tweed effort was very encouraging, considering it was the first time the players had come together as a unit.
According to a Tweed spokesman at the ground, if one of the top order had been able to make a start and add 20 runs to the tally, the Tweed would have been in a strong position to take the honours.
“Our run rate was ahead of the Gold Coast, we just fell short in the batting department,” the spokesman said.
“Elements of our fielding could have been a bit better but in saying that, the Gold Coast looked equally as rusty.
“There was plenty of promising signs out there and this team will only improve the more they play.”
The next assignment for the Tweed in the Webb Shield will be against Ipswich at Cheltenham on Sunday, October 11. The Tweed domestic competition and the LJ Hooker League will get under way on Saturday, October 10.