Coast's one-day competition heats up
CRICKET: Caboolture demonstrated the strength of an established dynasty, reminding premiership aspirants Tewantin-Noosa that it's still a long way to the top with a convincing one-day win in Round 9 of SCCA Division 1 fixtures.
The Snakes booked a place in the one-day final against the winner of the Tewantin-Maroochydore clash next week, after they held Thunder to 142 at Grant Road. Matt Parkinson left his ankle injury in 2016 to bowl a 10 over opening spell for just 18 runs and the wicket of Chris Whitworth.
Well backed by Jack Flew, he limited the visitors to 1/18 before Andy Schablon took the ball and joined with Parkinson, then Matt Anderson, as the Thunder struggled to raise the run rate past two per-over.
Ben Gear and Whitworth faced 54 balls between them for 13 runs, with Alex Bennett and Jarrod Officer holding on for 33 each. Both were stumped trying to break free as the innings limped to 5/89 in the 40th over. Glen Batticciotto, 4/21, came on soon after to bemuse the tail.
With a moderate chase of 142, bonus points beckoned but after Ashley Poole and Officer showed the pitch deserved some respect with the quick wickets of Kane Hoffman and Ryan Baker. Batticciotto, 59, and Schablon, 42, settled in to reach the target in 31 overs for the single bonus at 3/143.
Gympie and Glasshouse found the going even easier and earned double point wins. At Albert Park the Gold set Nambour 7/248 to chase on the back of another Dan Shepperson attack on the Cutters, with 90 to follow his second round 102.
From 3/111 after 30 overs, the home side added 137 in the final 18 as Josh Brady, Jarrod Sippel and Troy Ashton hit out and posed a challenge to the visitors that looked too much when the all-important start from Josh Matthews and Steve Ledger was stifled at 10 apiece.
The scoreless wicket of Nick Wallace moved the task to the too hard basket, and it needed an unbeaten 35 from Jordan Anstey to push the Cutters into three figures. They closed at 119 as Ashton posted a tidy 3/5 off four overs.
Glasshouse bowled first at Henzell Oval to encounter early resistance in a run-a-ball 30 from Mitchell Elmes. It was a start unfulfilled, as wickets mounted for little return. The Rangers attack met no further worries as Jeremy Schultz reaped 3/10 and none went unrewarded while the Lighthouses struggled to 105.
With 25 overs to use for double bonus points, the asking rate was not too daunting, and a 56 run opening in 8 overs from Liam Moffett and Brett Milini reduced the chase to a dawdle. Lachlan Pill and Hayden Owen signed off the win in 17 overs as Glasshouse, who have the bye next week, ended its one-day campaign in fourth spot.
LADDER: Caboolture 36, Tewantin/Noosa 31, Maroochydore 30, Glasshouse 25, Gympie 13, Caloundra 7, Nambour 0.