Gold eyes outright win
CRICKET: The Stirling Home Gympie Gold XI side is feeling confident heading into today's match against Tewantin-Noosa after winning its 20/20 match against Maroochydore Blue on Tuesday.
Gold defeated Maroochydore Blue at Caloundra after their game last week was postponed due to storms.
If Nambour defeats Noosa on Tuesday the Gold will be in the finals for the Sunshine Coast 20/20 competition.
Despite Maroochydore loading up with three Sunshine Coast Scorchers players, Gold secured the victory with 179 runs to Maroochydore's 7/154 in 20 overs.
Ashley Sippel and Steven Brady were consistent at the crease again, both making half-centuries, with Troy Ashton making 41 not out.
Gympie Gold captain Kaden Dickfos said Sippel and Brady had not failed yet this year with the bat.
"That consistent form is what we are looking for."
Dickfos said he hoped those players would not need to do too much if the bowlers could take some quick wickets to secure an outright victory for Gympie.
The A-grade side got off to a cracking start last weekend after Dean Chandler took four wickets for 14 runs to leave Noosa reeling for only 45 runs in its first innings.
"If Dean can do a similar thing to last week and bowl patiently, he'll have a big role to play this weekend," Dickfos said.
Gold did not waste its advantage and went straight to work, with Josh Brady and Joel Kennedy scoring most of the runs for Gympie, who declared at 6/159.
With Noosa 2 for 29, Gold will look to make short work of its batting line-up.
"Hopefully, we can get these wickets pretty quickly", Dickfos said.
"At the end of the day we have still got a job to do, they are not going to give us the wickets.
"We spoke about the standard we expect from each other and working hard to finish this game off."
After having a good win on Tuesday, the team followed up with a session on Wednesday, with only one change to the line-up.
Jared Sippel is away as a representative cricket coach, and Sean Savage will fill in.
"Everyone is in pretty good form," Dickfos said.
"If everyone is available we are looking good.
"No positions are given, they have to be earned every week".
After its loss to Glasshouse last round, the Gold intend to take the game outright.