Chandler's golden opportunity
AN OUTSTANDING bowling effort from Gympie's Dean Chandler has put Gympie Gold in the box seat for an outright victory.
Chandler took four wickets for 14 runs in the match against Tewantin-Noosa on Saturday.
The Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI dominated Noosa, spearheaded by Chandler's superb bowling.
Gympie Gold captain Kaden Dickfos said they won the toss and sent Noosa in to bat, despite knowing the pitch at Read Park was in good condition.
"We were aware that Noosa had been struggling for batting confidence," he said.
"We put the heat on them early and they crumbled."
Chandler played exceptionally well to take the four wickets, and Dickfos wasn't too far behind, taking 3/18.
"He (Chandler) bowled really well," Dickfos said.
"It was the best display of cricket I've seen in a long time from the Gold."
Thanks to Gold's relentless attack, Noosa only managed a paltry 45, giving Gympie a minor run rate to chase.
The Gympie A-grade side reached Noosa's score with ease as top-order batsman Lewis Waugh not only single-handedly passed Noosa's score but also made a half-century early in the innings.
"He was hitting the balls really well to put us in a good position," Dickfos said.
Joel Kennedy then made a further 41 runs not out to seal the deal for Gold, who declared on 159 runs with four wickets still in hand.
With a few hours play left and with Gold bowlers still confident, they sent Noosa back to the crease.
At the end of play on day one, Noosa were 2/29 in their second innings, with both wickets taken by Dickfos in the afternoon.
The Gympie side are looking to take an outright win on Saturday and score their first victory of the season.
Dickfos said it was pleasing to have players having to miss out because of form, rather than having a lack of players.
"Hopefully they can improve and continue to compete for the rest of the year - it's the best thing for the team," he said.
"We obviously already have first innings points but we won't be happy unless we take the outright win."
The team lost the week before, so needed the win to get back in the competition and set the standard for the season, Dickfos said.
Gold have readjusted their sights for tonight's 20/20 game against Maroochydore Blue in the Sunshine Coast competition.
"Hopefully we can take this intensity in to that game and get a win," Dickfos said.
Gympie need to win the game and hope Nambour defeats Noosa for the team to make the finals.