Why 'Caveman' is key to a knockout Gympie Gold win tomorrow
CRICKET: Gympie Gold bowling spearhead Andre Cave could provide a match winning Round 1 performance against Nambour if he can continue his hot form when play resumes tomorrow.
Cave, who helped the Gold's tail wag with 41 of their 270 first innings runs, proved too much for Cutters opener Trent Riddell late on Day 1, removing him from the crease for just 5 and sending the home side sputtering to stumps on 1/9.
The paceman's 1/6 from five overs was supported strongly by fellow opener Brycen Mitchell, but the duo will need further help from the likes of Josh Brady, Troy Ashton and Jackson White if they are to topple Nambour for the win.
The Gold only got to their commanding first innings total through the tenacity of captain Lewis Waugh with 73, and the audacity in Leo Cartwright's 81 from just 74 balls.
Nambour have the pair to match this, with the determination of skipper Nick Wallace and the power of Kobi Griggs, but the home side still needs those vital partnerships with the middle order.
A cooler day and possible storms would also favour the visitors, so the challenge is set for the Cutters in stamping their brand in a new era.
Around the grounds, one ball is all it could take to produce a decision in the Maroochydore-Glasshouse clash.
Nineteen wickets fell on day one when the visiting Rangers scrambled to all out 98 by mid-afternoon, an innings not yet eclipsed by the Swans' struggle to 9/94 at stumps.
Gerard Flegler came in at the end of nine overs, his 33 dragging the score to four short of the target when the ninth wicket fell on what became the last delivery of the day.
Now one ball remains of Jett Taylor's over, bowling to Reid Anderson. The wicket of the genuine tail-ender would give first innings points to the Rangers, a boundary would tie the scores or an improbable six get the Swans home. One certainty is that Flegler won't run a single.
Glasshouse skipper Jeremy Schultz will look to Steve Heise, Leon Manuel and Jamie Malcolm after that, the trio responsible for the nine wickets taken. Five runs to get, one wicket to fall, a first innings result and they can start again.
Caloundra captain Wally Wright has the option of batting on against Caboolture at Henzell Oval after the Lighthouses' excellent 7/402 last week, with Harry Clark-Burnham still there on 116.
That should be enough to win most games, though old heads around the club could remind him that Maroochydore declared at 379 against the Snakes two seasons ago, a target swallowed in 58 overs. But 402 would be the biggest chase on a day ever in local cricket.
At 3/138 chasing 147, Tewantin-Noosa needs just 10 runs to secure the first innings win against competition cadets Coolum, and with a set Andy Kratzmann joined by Jarrod Officer, would most likely look to a 120 plus lead by lunch.
Two full sessions to survive provides the Sharks the chance to show some ticker in their first outing, as the strong Thunder attack will certainly provoke a test of character.