Maroochydore dominate Gympie
THE Gympie Offroad Gold XI are sitting precariously after the opening act of a two-day battle against Maroochydore at the weekend.
Gympie’s premier cricket side travelled away for the encounter and quickly found themselves immersed in trouble.
After making a solid 194 from their first innings, Maroochydore had Gympie well and truly on the ropes in reply on 7 for 50.
Maroochydore opened the batting and shrugged off a tentative start to settle in behind the crease.
Gympie bowler Troy Ashton made light work of the home side’s Dan Hall and Nathan Dodd, dismissing the pair for 19 runs.
However, plenty of home crowd support spurred Maroochydore into action.
The arrival of John Clifford to the middle changed Maroochydore’s fortunes dramatically as the batsman used every angle on the field to make 42 before falling to a Brad Millard delivery.
Backing up Clifford’s efforts with the bat was Michael Goodluck, who just edged out his team mate’s score, making 43 before being caught.
The Maroochydore onslaught continued with a number of double figures eventually helping the side to 194 after the fall of the final wicket.
Ashton secured best figures for Gympie, claiming four scalps, but his spell was costly. In total, the Gold’s bowling machine gave away 31 runs from 23 overs.
In reply, the situation further deteriorated for the Gympie Gold.
Opener Steven Brady was the only batsman to offer any real resistance, making 25 before being caught.
The rest of the batting order collapsed in sensational style, leaving the Gold hanging dangerously with the loss of seven wickets and a hefty 145 runs away from clinching first innings points.
A near miracle will be needed to spare the Gold from a first innings defeat while Maroochydore will also be glancing ahead at the prospect of an outright win should its form hold next week when play resumes.