Gold XI still in finals hunt

Andy Batten (pictured) and Troy Ashton saved the day for the Gympie Gold XI on Saturday.
Andy Batten (pictured) and Troy Ashton saved the day for the Gympie Gold XI on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

ANDY Batten and Troy Ashton have kept the Gympie Off-road Gold XI's final hopes alive in the Craiglea Premier League.

The pair put on 59 and 49 respectively on Saturday to rescue the Gold's batting against top-of-the-table Caboolture at Albert Park.

Gympie batted first and were in trouble early at 3-21.

Captain Steven Brady was out for 11, bowled Parkinson.

His opening partner, Danny Shepperson, made just two before being caught out and Cameron Quin was also caught making just one run.

Batten and Ashton's partnership helped take Gympie to a total of a 167.

The total didn't look like near enough for a Gold line-up hoping to post a score of a least 250, but Ashton backed up his fine batting performance with another magic job with the ball.

The tall speedster bent his back to take the first four Caboolture wickets leaving the visitors reeling at four for 29.

Ashton finished the day with the figures of 4-20 off 14 overs.

Brad Millard chipped in with the ball taking 2-24 and Travis Chandler took 1-11.

Ashton now has career-best figures with the ball in the Sunshine Coast competition.

His four scalps on Saturday give him 38 wickets for the summer at an impressive 10.58.

At the end of play the Snakes were 7-110 still needing 57 to take first innings points.

The fourth-placed Gold look to have the edge in a game they need to win to play finals cricket, but Caboolture are a side used to winning and still have the batting firepower to overtake Gympie.

The first hour next Saturday at Albert Park will be crucial for the Gold.

If the bowlers can fire up again, the Gold will be off to the finals, but if the tail wags for Caboolture the Gympie Gold may be out of finals.



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