Ladder leaders ready to face off
Undefeated Division 1 sides Caboolture and Glasshouse will produce a clear leader to the one-day ladder from their clash in Round 11 of fixtures this Saturday, after each missed the T20 final last Sunday.
The two top batting sides meet at Arthur Hingst Oval, the home of the Rangers, who will be honouring the presence of their captain, Jeremy Schultz, in his 304th fixture match.
Schultz will catch Errol Young, the Caloundra schoolboy who caught the bus up to Nambour High, the only Sunshine Coast senior school available in 1963, the season Caloundra entered A Grade fixtures.
From then to 1991 he amassed 7,940 runs, collected 683 wickets and earned a place forever in Sunshine Coast cricket folklore.
None of this will matter as the Rangers look to gain the points over a side that has won all but one of their last ten encounters, though three draws soften the comparison.
The pair produced the two top rungetters last season, with Dan Cahill leading Glen Batticciotto, though trailing the runaway Snake so far.
Depth may be the decider, with the possibility of welcome showers adding a new dimension to a clash where the winner puts down a deposit on a OD final berth.
At the other end of the one-day ladder sit Coolum and Caloundra, each with high aspirations of success, with the Lighthouses seeking a maiden win and the Sharks coming off theirs.
Coolum has lacked the presence of a guiding batsman since entering Division 1 last season, and the inability to accumulate runs held back success.
Last Sunday their coach Sam Curtis provided that, batting through the innings for an unbeaten century, the Sharks' first.
He brought his young squad to their highest score, 7/222, which they defended against Nambour, though by just three runs.
Caloundra has learnt to persist in the middle, but at the expense of scoring, with the lowest tally in the league and skipper Wally Wright has the runs but needs more help.
Ron Cargill Oval will be the venue where the report card on which young team has absorbed the lessons will be ticked.
Nambour also learnt that everyone has a licence to make runs after Steve Ledger and Hayden O'Çonnor went scoreless for a horror start against the Sharks, and the Cutters looked destitute at 6/40.
Then 179 runs came from the tail, held together by Jake Trace's 65.
James Winn, the definition of an annoying tailender, made his second appearance in five seasons to show his 66 in 2011 was no fluke, adding 54.
And with 44 from Codey Perren the Cutters showed grit, so often missing, is still there.
Now they host the T20 champions at the showgrounds, underdogs with probably three or four of the heroes missing, but with a lot more pride in their effort.
Gympie and Maroochydore complete the round up at Keith Manthie Oval, each needing a win to stay in touch with a valued top two place.
With Callum Stitt just returned and Luke McInnes not passing 20, runs have been less than prolific, making the most persistent attack overworked.
The Gold, unpredictable as always, could be a test on a good strip.