Gympie cricketer Tom White sends down a delivery for the Gympie Offroad Gold XI last season. The Gold starts its campaign today with a one day match against Caboolture.
Gympie cricketer Tom White sends down a delivery for the Gympie Offroad Gold XI last season. The Gold starts its campaign today with a one day match against Caboolture. Craig Warhurst

Gold set to start season

A NEW season begins today for the Gympie Offroad Gold XI cricket side following a false start against Caboolture last weekend.

The Gold was due to begin the first instalment of a two day game away against Caboolture last weekend.

However, game officials called the game off after the wicket was declared too wet to play.

Players from both sides were disappointed to learn vandals the night before had removed the covers, exposing the wicket to overnight rain, ultimately forcing the match’s cancellation.

As a consequence, the Gold XI will play Caboolture today in a one day match.

Although frustrated the two day game was unable to proceed, senior Gold player Troy Ashton said earlier this week the delay in starting may have been a blessing in disguise.

Ashton said the Gold was likely to field a strong team with a number of key players available this weekend.

Meanwhile, playing a one-day match instead of a two day changes the approach of both sides.

Ashton didn’t feel the Gold was set to be disadvantaged by the last minute change in format.

The new season holds plenty of promise for the Gold but expectations are being kept reasonable.

After a number of years of challenging Sunshine Coast competition heavyweights, the Gold has been unable to break free to be a serious contender for the premiership title.

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