Gold XI slump to bottom of ladder

THE Gympie Offroad’s Gold XI cricket side is occupying the bottom of the Sunshine Coast Cricket competition ladder after a first innings defeat against Caboolture at the weekend.

Playing away, the Gold was hopeful of posting its first victory of the season.

But it was all about Caboolture on day two of the battle, as the hosting side stormed home to boast its own first victory for the season.

The loss for the Gold at the end of round three continues a horror run for the team after losing the first two rounds against Tewantin-Noosa and Nambour by a handful of runs.

Gympie opened the batting a fortnight ago with a respectable 249, and had Caboolture sitting on 2-35 at the start of the second day of play.

Gold spokesman Cameron Quinn said Gympie had needed to show plenty of firepower early on to back Caboolture into a corner.

However, Caboolture produced a dream start to its innings, streaking away to 2-151 by lunch without the loss of a single wicket.

Gympie bowlers toiled endlessly with the ball, but Caboolture stood firmly at the crease and showed plenty of firepower to dictate play.

Caboolture batsmen Dane Adams and Brad Teske were in fine touch with the bat, but fell agonising short of the coveted century, with both dismissed on 99.

Despite not making triple figures, Caboolture’s batting duo was the telling factor in the home side’s breakthrough victory, doing the damage to Gympie’s chances.

However, with the odds against them, the Gold staged a small fightback with an hour remaining before the tea break.

“We knew that one or two quick wickets could really change the game,” Quinn said.

In just over 12 overs, the Gold returned to the game with an incredible fightback, taking five wickets for 34 runs and leaving Caboolture 21 runs short of the first innings win.

However, the sudden shift in momentum faltered, swinging suddenly back to Caboolture.

“As cricket goes, the fortunes change and taking the tea break broke the Gold’s momentum,” Quinn said.

Caboolture took its time to post the final 17 runs needed for victory, but once across the line, set about swinging the bat.

The carefree approach rubbed salt into the Gold’s wounds, as Caboolture piled on another 100 runs.

“(It was) a deflating end to our pursuit of victory, but we can hold our heads up high,” Quinn said.

Looking at the competition frontrunners, Caloundra is out in front on 48.83 points, trailed closely by Maroochydore and Tewantin-Noosa.

Gympie Times

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