T20 fires up
GLASSHOUSE and Tewantin-Noosa lead their respective pools after the opening Caloundra Events Centre T20 rounds celebrated the start of the Sunshine Coast cricket season.
All eight sides of the Division 1 competition were on show at Maroochydore's four grounds at Buderim, the first time ever that the teams have assembled at the one venue, and sometimes threatening weather had no effect on a day where everybody agreed the concept had a certain future to showcase the sport.
Glasshouse, Caboolture, Caloundra and Maroochydore Red form Pool A, while Gympie, Tewantin-Noosa, Nambour and Maroochydore Blue comprise Pool B, with the highest ranking sides from each playing in the final under lights at Henzell Oval on November 24.
The remaining matches in round three will be played on Tuesday nights at the Caloundra venue over the coming weeks.
Glasshouse and Caboolture each recorded two wins, making their clash on October 6 a play-off for a final spot, with the Rangers ahead on percentages after a mammoth 2/214 spree against Maroochydore Red in the first game.
Brett Milini was the anchor in batting through for 57 while Liam Moffett and Jeremy Schultz hit out, but the highlight was a 33-ball 73 from Dan Cahill that capped the innings.
The former Hinterland batsman took just 19 deliveries to reach 50, with an eventual 12 boundaries equally shared by 4s and 6s.
Tewantin-Noosa can seal a Pool B lead with a victory over Nambour in the final match of the rounds after a cliffhanger seeing the Thunder home over a fancied Gympie side.
Andy Kratzmann and Jarrod Officer had led Tewantin to 7/162 batting first, but no target can be too much for the Gold in form as Lewis Waugh and Kaden Dickfos countered an early slump to need 10 off the last over.
The Gold captain was caught needing a boundary from the last ball for 74, with Waugh on 55 of the 160 tally.
Young Nambour spinner James Kolbe was the star turn with the ball on the day, taking 3/9 against Maroochydore Blue then 3/21 as the Cutters faced Gympie.
Winning the first game but losing the second means that Nambour, triple winner of the T20 Knockout, needs to defeat Tewantin in the last round with a good percentage to persevere.
- PAT DREW