Gold XI focus on improving on draw
LAST time the Gympie Offroad Gold XI confronted Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association fixtures, the one day clash resulted in a draw, against all odds.
Maroochydore, then at the top of the competition table, was in control during the initial stages of the game played at Albert Park, only for the Gold to claw their way back into contention.
The game’s outcome came down to the final ball when a thrilling run out left the match all tied up.
It will be this brand of courage the Gold will need to conjure up today to get the better of Maroochydore on the first day of a two-day match.
First, however, the Gympie side needs to shake off a demoralising loss to Caloundra last weekend.
Caloundra struggled to put a step wrong in the encounter, batting first and making a robust 250, to which Gympie replied with a lacklustre 114.
But a massive lead allowed Caloundra to declare and send the Gold back in.
The Gold showed improvement to make 139, but Caloundra was only required to make four runs to collect both a first innings and outright victory.
The Gold’s Travis Chandler, fresh from bowling up a storm at the Queensland Bulls Pace Bowling Cricket Roadshow Tuesday this week, will be looking for more success.