CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI seems to do its best work under pressure.
The reigning Sunshine Coast Division 1 premiers secured a first innings win against arch rivals Maroochydore at the weekend on the back of a bowling onslaught led by Anthony Reid and Leo Cartwright.
"We knew we had to win.
"We just played our game,” Gold captain Josh Brady said.
With only one chance left for points before a final round bye, Gympie defended its low target of 150 runs.
Brady said his side relished the pressure of having to bowl Maroochydore out for such a low total.
The Swans resumed at 4/60.
Veteran quick Troy Ashton claimed Maroochydore batsman Sam Nelson for just six runs, before Brady struck with the vital wicket of Dan Hall.
"We do well when we have to defend a low total,” Brady said.
"We have so much variety in our bowling attack.”
The combination of pace and spin was enough to keep the Swans at bay as Reid struck with a brilliant caught and bowled effort in the first ball back from lunch while Cartwright claimed two more wickets to round out the Maroochydore innings.
Despite the first innings win, the Gold are not out of the woods yet.
They face a rampaging Glasshouse outfit this round in another must win affair.
A loss to the Rangers will see Gympie's premiership aspirations all but die, a fact not lost on the Gold skipper.
"They (Glasshouse) need to win as well.
"It will be tough,” Brady said.
Glasshouse has the season-ending draw from hell.
First the premiers then Caboolture.
The Rangers must win at least one to ensure a finals spot.