CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI are poised to take their second win in a row after they kept Caloundra to just 186 runs on day one of their Sunshine Coast cricket fixture.
Gympie went into the match without seven of its regular starting side, a scenario that is not overly foreign to the reigning premiers.
It is the second match this season the Gold have started with over half their side out with representative commitments, prompting questions about the demands of rep cricket so early in the season.
Gold captain Josh Brady said although the competition had restructured slightly, having your best players out at crucial times was not all bad.
"It is tough having five to six players out,” he said.
"However, it is always good for those guys to see where they are at in country cricket.
"You know when you have a team together you have good morale, so you try and make the new guys feel as comfortable as possible.”
The Gold were missing the opening batsmen pairing of Ashley Sipple and Lewis Waugh as well as Anthony Reed, Brycen Mitchell, Joel Saunders and Steve Brady.
Interim Gympie Regional Cricket president Peter Kross acknowledged that a lot of representative cricket so early in the season could create issues for local fixtures.
"It just depends on the planning of it,” he said.
"The issue it creates is a bottleneck at the start of the season because all the clubs in the region are short of players.”
However, despite the lack of players the Gold are looking good to take first innings honours.
Leo Cartwright was outstanding with the ball, taking impressive figures of 4/5 off 12.
While Troy Ashton's familiarity with his home wicket left him with figures of 2/17 off 18.