Gold facing grim wooden spoon
THE Gympie Offroad Gold XI saw out the second last round of the Sunshine Coast fixtures with a first innings’ loss against Maroochydore at the weekend.
The game was played away and the Gold appeared to be in contention following the first week of play, batting first and making a respectable 217.
But Maroochydore conjured up their trademark grit to claw their way back to claim first innings’ points in dramatic fashion.
Things looked promising for Gympie early in Maroochydore’s innings as the two openers were dismissed for 15 runs between them.
No sooner had the cracks started to appear, Maroochydore then responded in earnest.
Heading the barrage against Gympie was J Smith, making 113 runs before losing his wicket to Gold skipper Tim McIntosh.
Numerous other double figures to Maroochydore batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking over while Gympie bowlers scrambled to stem the flow of runs.
Chris Hughes did his part, taking five wickets, but each wicket came at a price.
Maroochydore has now jumped up to second place on the ladder while Gympie occupies the bottom.