Maroochydore defeat Gympie
AN outright loss to Maroochydore at the weekend has the Gympie Offroad Gold XI rounding out second last place on the Sunshine Coast Division 1 competition ladder.
The Gold’s struggles from the opening week of play in the two day match played away continued Saturday.
Resuming on 7-50 in reply to Maroochydore’s 194, the Gold crumbled to be dismissed for 68.
With Gympie’s tail end dangerously exposed, Maroochydore’s bowling attack was in a ruthless mood.
Forcing the follow on, Maroochydore took advantage of the opportunity and continued its winning momentum.
Gold captain Tim McIntosh and Shane Walker offered some defiance behind the crease, making a creditable 44 and 54 respectively.
However, the remainder of the batting line up failed to reinforce the pair’s performance, with a number of ducks and single figure scores looming large on the scoresheet.
In deadly form for Maroochydore, and earning plenty of applause from the home crowd, was Shane Newton, taking a tidy five wickets from his spell with the ball from 20.5 overs.
Finishing their second innings on 151, Maroochydore required a mere 26 runs to secure an outright win and it was not long before the Gold suffered the sting from an inevitable defeat.
With the third round of the competition now completed, the Gold are sitting on 19.61 points, ahead of last-placed Tewantin-Noosa 13.91.
Leading the charge in Sunshine Coast top division cricket is Caboolture on 45.92 points, followed by Hinterland (37.36) and Maroochydore (33.09).
Soothing the disappointment of the loss for a number of the Gold’s players was backing up Sunday for the Gympie All Stars, defeating the ACA Masters in a Twenty20 match.