CRICKET: It may not have been the ideal start to the Gympie Gold XI's title defence, but spirits are high moving into day two of the opening round.
A gallant effort by some of the region's best and brightest young stars was a reassuring bonus fill-in skipper Lewis Waugh took out of day one, but the veteran batsman will not be complaining about the return of his senior leadership group.
Leo Cartwright was a standout with consistent line and length bowling, showing a strength and maturity beyond his years.
Jake Vidler, who was trusted with opening the bowling alongside seasoned campaigner Troy Ashton, also impressed.
And while the gold will start this morning's session on the back-foot, Albert Park can bleed runs if the conditions are right.
Players and officials alike commented on the the unpredictability of the wicket on day one, but both acknowledged how well the pitch stood up, given the plethora of winter sports played on the surface not a month before the opening game.
Gympie Regional Cricket Association President Ian Manly said the playing surface was well and truly up to standard given the time of year.
"We got what we would always get in a round one match because of the inability to have as longer a preparation as what we have at One Mile, as well as the multitude of sports that are played on it,” he said.
"It adds to the longer term move away from Albert Park as being logical and sensible.”
The Gold will resume its innings on 8/44 while chasing the Tewantin-Noosa total of 230.