Cricket: Gympie vs Nambour last year. Gympie will be vying for a top spot this weekend.
Cricket: Gympie vs Nambour last year. Gympie will be vying for a top spot this weekend. Leeroy Todd

Anyone's game, as semi-finals loom

Cricket Rain washed out the first day of SCCA Division 1 round 12 brings a 50 over match and fewer points for sides as the semifinals loom. The usual winning reward of 10 points will reduce to seven.

Though the normal incentive points still apply. In a close competition like the current situation where Glasshouse, Gympie and Caloundra are vying for two spots, this could be vital. Bowlers should appreciate the changed conditions though, with the outfields green and pitches where grass has to be mown, not searched for.

The amazing run spree of round 11 showed the effect of dry weather, and now more usual February weather evens the balance of bat and ball a little.

The Caloundra-Tewantin clash provides a lot of interest as the Lighthouses continue their late-season surge.

At long odds before Christmas, Caloundra's additions to the squad and the maturing of a young group should have Henzell Park excited.

A home game against a Thunder side seemingly off the boil has the potential to end the visitors' chances and raise another contender into the mix.

Maroochydore will have some troubles with the team list against Glasshouse in their clash, with opening bat and fall-back bowler Adam Thornton checking out the grass in Las Vegas and Arizona at his Turf Farm Conference, while fellow opener Callum Stitt is away and the Swans' bowling injury woes stay high.

An SOS to a retired Shane Newton looks likely to see the 525- wicket legend front up for the day, and he will probably drop straight back to his heyday line and length, then feel every delivery on Sunday.

The Rangers would welcome a return to some batting consistency and Caboolture look like favourites.

The top five at Glasshouse hold the team's fate, though more than half a dozen runs from the rest would be welcome.

Caboolture has stepped up to favouritism with dominating batting, and will severely test Gympie at Grant Road.

Confidence from the last two games should add power to the Snakes' line-up, even in more bowler friendly conditions, but the Gold has match winners, especially in the shorter game.

Gympie skipper Lewis Waugh may even now be looking at the round 14 clash with Glasshouse as a decider.