Gold XI pick up pieces after loss

CALOUNDRA showed their might in the Sunshine Coast Division 1 cricket fixtures with a ruthless two-day outright victory over the Gympie Offroad Gold XI at the weekend.

The Gold were powerless in the match played at Albert Park Saturday as Caloundra stormed home to victory.

Caloundra laid the foundation for the outright victory the week before with a neatly compiled but attainable 250.

But Gympie was only able to reply with 114. Caloundra then made the bold move to declare at their first innings score and send Gympie in again.

The Gold fared little better this time, making a dismal but improved 139 spearheaded by captain Tim McIntosh (68).

McIntosh has enjoyed solid form with the bat this season and again proved his credentials for leading the side at the weekend.

Any hopes of a century, however, were dashed when the skipper was caught in the out field.

McIntosh was unavailable for comment on his performance yesterday and the game’s result.

After the fall of the 10th wicket, the Gold were ahead by a minuscule three runs.

This left the side with the impossible to perform with the ball to snatch victory.

Predictably, Caloundra wrapped up the result with little fanfare, making four runs for their second innings from a single delivery.

Overall, two rounds remain in the competition and a clearer picture is beginning to emerge ahead of the finals.

Early frontrunner Maroochydore posted a draw with Glasshouse at the weekend, leading to a dramatic reshuffle of the leaderboard.

Caloundra is now sitting at the top, all but certain of being awarded the minor premiership.

Caboolture is in second place, trailing Caloundra by 17 points off top spot after collecting maximum points against Nambour at the weekend.

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