ON SONG: The Gympie Gold XI are well placed to take the first innings against Nambour today.
ON SONG: The Gympie Gold XI are well placed to take the first innings against Nambour today. JAMES LOOSE

Gold XI aim for first innings glory away from home

CRICKET: Caboolture and Gympie will seek maximum points on the second day of SCCA Division 1 fixtures after setting up strong positions on day one against Tewantin-Noosa and Nambour respectively.

At the Showgrounds Gympie has two prime wickets in Josh Matthews and Steve Ledger back in the shed as the Cutters resume at 2/17, a long way behind the Gold's 3/341 declaration.

Much will depend on Nick Wallace's ability to occupy the crease and build partnerships, hopefully a big one with Sam Parsons, who started the season in great form with an unbeaten 90 at Caloundra.

Josh Brady returns for Gympie, adding penetration to an already strong attack.

Nambour needs time and runs to stave off batting twice, with Gympie quick Troy Ashton saying his team is confident of a first innings win.

"We want to get these eight remaining wickets as quick as we can,” Ashton said.

"If we can, the ball will be back in Nambour's court and it will be up to them.”

Nambour needs to occupy the crease for an extended period of time to avoid falling to the reigning premiers.

In other matches Caboolture ended day one at 1/61 with the Thunder's 113 well in view.

They would expect to reach the goal by the first drinks break.

Skipper Matt Anderson has the option of setting a lead with a happy hour before lunch and seeing if his bowlers can repeat last week's scenario of stifling scoring and picking off the home batsmen.

Tewantin must seek to bat out the day, and showed the ability to do so by lasting a gruelling 80 overs first up.

Caloundra will begin to bat at Glasshouse with the Rangers' solid 290 a goal.

Gympie Times


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