Gold victory to set the scene
CRICKET fields across the Gympie region will be in full use today when play at all levels resumes after the Christmas break.
Junior cricketers will be out in force this morning on ovals while this afternoon the senior grades will take over the One Mile Ovals.
At Albert Park the Gympie Offroad Gold XI will be seeking a return to the winner’s circle when they take on the Hinterland Hawks in the last round of the Sunshine Coast limited over format games.
After a win the previous game the Gold came undone against the Caboolture Snakes last Saturday at home.
This morning at Albert Park they take on the bottom of the ladder Hawks in what could be a pointer to the Gold’s chances for the rest of the season.
Following today’s game the coast fixtures return to the two-day format and the Gold XI are looking to renewed effort for the remainder of the season after some disappointing results.
Gold XI captain Tim McIntosh, who will miss today’s games as a result of other commitments, yesterday said the team would welcome the return of Ben Smith and Sean Wilson who would take his and Matt Hillcoat’s places in the line-up.
“Hinterland Hawks are bottom of the ladder and we expect to make a fair show of things,” McIntosh said.
“We’ve still got a pretty good side together … the guys have been training well and putting in the effort, so hopefully the results will come for the rest of the season.
“The last few games have been very close and if we had won a couple of those close games we would have been in the top three or four instead of the bottom group.”
McIntosh said the Gold XI was looking to a strong end to the season with today’s home game followed by an away two-day match against Maroochydore before playing Caloundra at Albert Park.
“The guys are looking forward to playing more games at home, less travel always makes you feel better,” he said.
“Troy Ashton is also available for the two dyers.
“We’ll be keeping basically the same side for the two-day matches which strengthens us up for the rest of the season.”
McIntosh said the side’s fielding had improved over the last couple of matches and the side’s bowlers were now hitting their line and length much more consistently.
“We’re looking forward to a much better showing in 2010 to finish the season off,” he said.