The Gympie Gold XI hopes to fire for the end of the season to bolster hopes of hosting a home grand final.
The Gympie Gold XI hopes to fire for the end of the season to bolster hopes of hosting a home grand final.

Weekend cricket washouts impact finals outlook

TWO of the four Sunshine Coast division one clashes failed to start on Saturday as the wet weather took its toll and a surging Caboolture reaped the benefits, setting up outrightpoints at home while its rivals compete for lessened reward next week.

The top four meeting between Maroochydore Blue and Glasshouse was doomed when the chance of a late start was removed with a mid-morning shower, while overnight rain at Buderim had already washed out Gympie's visit to Maroochydore Red.

Both of these games will now be played as one-day matches on the second day, with lessened points and no chance of second innings.

For the Snakes, who sent Caloundra in to bat and stifled the visitors in a prelunch session of 3/29 from 33 overs, this presents a huge opportunity for not just a top two position, but possibly the minor premiership itself, if Glasshouse overcomes the Blues next week.

With the Lighthouses eventually dismissed for 77 after Matt Anderson reaped 5/30, the Snakes batted to 5/137 at stumps, leaving skipper Rod Gibbs to ponder how long to bat on for next week to maximise bonus points while not endangering the time to dismiss Caloundra again.

Gympie now has to gain as many points as possible against the Reds in the shortened game, but will then need to defeat Caboolture for a home final in what is looming as one of the most exciting last rounds in recent seasons.

The outcome of the Tewantin-Noosa v Nambour meeting will not affect the final four, but will definitely impact on fifth position, a goal for either side.

A wet week had dampened the deck and surrounds, but good groundwork and timing of showers saw the game underway with minimal time loss, and a courageous decision by home captain Jarrod Officer to occupy the crease.

The immediate loss of Pat Grieshaber to Jayden Francis did not bode well, but 49 from Tristan Griffin, and another 50 odd from the old firm of Andy Kratzmann and Officer enabled 141 in a situation where no one was entirely sure what the par score was.

Nambour's reply echoed the earlier innings.

At 2/53, the Cutters would have looked in front, and then three wickets to close the day at 5/69, with Steve

Ledger in the shed, evened the score.

A lot of action remains at Read Park with 15 wickets gone on day one.