GRAND final preparations have been put on hold for the Gympie Gold Sunshine Coast first division team as it gears up for the first two-day encounter of the season.
The Gold, who will play Caboolture in the one-day decider on January 25, is confident heading into the first day of the match (10.30am start) against Maroochydore today. "We're on a bit of a roll, haven't lost a game in a while," said Gympie Gold player Troy Ashton.
Ashton said they won't be taking the game lightly as Maroochydore have passed 300 twice in recent one-day games and are just above them on the ladder.
If Gold conquer its opposition and the expected scorching heat, they will jump up the ladder to claim second position.
"It will be pretty darn hot and will take its toll throughout the day," said Ashton.
Due to the impending hot weather expected for the game, Ashton said there will be a pretty good batting wicket and the winner of the toss will definitely have an advantage on the day.
The team knuckled down at Wednesday's training in preparation for today's match, mostly concentrating on fielding and maintaining focus on the game at hand.
The team should be at Victory Hotel at 8am, ready for for an 8.15am departure, to head to the Ron McMullin Oval.
It will be a formidable side as captain Kaden Dickfos has returned, replacing Shaun Savage, and Trevor Brady has been named.
Gympie's top-order batsmen will be hoping for plenty of endurance in the two-day match, pushing for full points. If the intense heat continues, Ashton said Dickfos will be ensuring short bursts from his bowlers.
The match will continue next Saturday before Gympie takes on the dominant Caboolture team in the one-day grand final the following day.
"The grand final is the last thing on our minds," Ashton said.