First innings loss for Gold
HOPES that Gympie Offroad Gold XI cricket outfit would evade the wooden spoon were dealt a deathly blow at the weekend.
Playing at home at Albert Park, the Gold took on the Glasshouse Rangers for the first day of the final round of the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association fixtures.
As the only venue virtually unaffected by rain, Glasshouse took full advantage of the opportunity on the slick Albert Park surface.
The visitors wrapped up first innings points after Gold captain Tim McIntosh elected to bat first.
Gympie made 125 – not enough to prevent Glasshouse from making 133 to beat the mark with four wickets in hand.
Glasshouse is now chasing second place on the competition ladder and the first innings win over Gympie gives the side insurance in the event of a washout next weekend.
Should a washout take place, Glasshouse will leapfrog into second and have a shot at the premiership.
The first innings loss for Gympie, meanwhile, is difficult to swallow.
An outright victory now remains the Gold’s only recourse for a positive ending to its campaign.
Compounding the team’s situation is that it now appears likely to retain the dreaded wooden spoon.
In the game itself, Gold player Steven Brady mounted an opening effort of 25, but struggled for support until Langley Johnston arrived at the crease.
Johnston was dismissed for 36 and although a 35 from Troy Ashton was substantial, Glasshouse tore the Gold apart.
The season has been trying for the Gold, but the team has also been a victim of its own success.
Former Gold players Peter Dein, Josh Brady, Lewis Waugh and Kaden Dickfos have graduated from the side to the Sunshine Coast Scorchers, paving the way for the next wave of future stars.