WINNERS: Gympie secured an outright win against Caloundra at the weekend.
WINNERS: Gympie secured an outright win against Caloundra at the weekend. Che Chapman

Gold XI bounces back

THE Gympie Gold XI has bounced back to form with a convincing outright win over Caloundra at the weekend.

The victory bumps the Gold back into the top two of the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association's ladder after table leaders Maroochydore Blue suffered a shock loss to Caboolture.

Caloundra resumed its innings at 5/69 but was bowled out for just 88 runs.

Gympie then sent the home side in to bat again but the lighthouses could only manage 99 in the follow-on.

Josh Brady was once again instrumental with the ball, finishing the game with 11 wickets for just 33 runs.

With all eligible teams making their finals preparations, Gympie captain Kaden Dickfos said that the win was a confidence boost at the right time of the season.

"We had a talk as a team after the one-day final loss the other week.

"We started to put a few of those things into practice this round and our confidence is up," Dickfos said.

But despite the win, it has been an aligning of the stars that boosted Gympie's ladder position, with Nambour beating an unsuspecting Glasshouse.

Gympie will now face Maroochydore Red next round and will need to demonstrate the same amount of dominance in order to keep their top-two placing.

With the results of the round in, Maroochydore Blue still leads the competition on 124 points, with Gympie now only five points behind on 119.

Caboolture and Glasshouse make up the top four with 108.80 and 108.11 points respectively.