One-dayer a wash out
THE Stirling Homes Gympie Gold XI match against Maroochydore Blue was still hanging in the balance on Saturday when the skies opened and the game was left at a draw.
In fact, all games in the the opening of the Sunshine Coast division one season were washed out.
Gympie stepped on to the crease first at Maroochydore and though they finished with a respectable first innings score of 179, found themselves under pressure early in the game.
Captain Kaden Dickfos said his team lost a few quick wickets in the top order which put them in a dangerous position, but the efforts from the middle put them back in the game.
Gold fought back from an early 3/24 as Troy Ashton kept the visitors in the hunt to contribute 49 runs, aided by a 39 run last wicket fling from Max Carlton and Dean Chandler.
"Troy batted well to get the runs ticking over again," Dickfos said.
"It is good to see we can still pull it together and put a competitive score on."
Although known as a quick batsman Josh Brady kept a steady pace at the crease ensuring that his team did not lose any more wickets, contributing his own 37 runs.
Once the bat changed hands Maroochydore was straight down to business with top-order batsman Adam Thornton not out for 25.
Although the rain cut Maroochydore's innings short, Gympie had already taken two wickets for 43 runs thanks to Dickfos.
He said in order to complete the game Maroochydore would have had to bat for another eight overs.
The teams were evenly balanced when the rain started.
One more wicket and we would have hit their middle order however there was no telling what could have happened with Maroochydore's top batsman still at the crease, Dickfos said.
"This week at training we will look at getting off to a better start with the bat."
SCCA DIV 1
BLUE v GYMPIE
Kev Hackney Oval
Brady S. ct Flegler b Newton
Sippel A. b Kethro
Waugh L. ct Davies b Kethro
Brady J. ct Welsh b Thornton
Dickfos K. ct Flegler b Welsh
Ashton T. ct Waterhouse b Thornton
Kennedy J. ct Flegler b Newton
Carlton M. b Thornton
Vidler J. ct Davies b Newton
Exarhos V. ct Thornton b Welsh
Chandler D. not out
FOW: 22, 22, 24, 56, 128, 130, 130, 139, 140, 179.
Bowling: Newton 10-2-29-3, Kethro 9-2-44-2, See 1-0-4-0, Welsh 10-1-25-2, Peters 10-1-47-0, Thornton 6.1-1-28-3.
M'DORE BLUE INNINGS
Thornton A. not out
Waterhouse T. ct S.Brady b Dickfos
Kropp L. ct & b Dickfos
Davies C. not out
FOW: 4, 25.