SHOT: Gold XI batsman Danny Shepperson goes on the attack.
SHOT: Gold XI batsman Danny Shepperson goes on the attack. Warren Lynam

Gold XI in with a shot

CRICKET: The Gympie Gold XI are in the box seat to take first innings points from Glasshouse after the defending premier declared at 7/274.

A solid start from the Gold's top order set the tone for the day, with Danny Shepperson and Lewis Waugh making it into the high 40s before Jarred Sipple carried his bat for 64.

Gold Skipper Josh Brady told The Gympie Times his side preferred to work under pressure.

"We have the bowling attack to defend a small total,”Brady said.

"We have a large total to defend this time so we are confident,” he said.

In a situation that is familiar to many in the Gold XI squad, the must-win scenario is compounded with a pointless last week bye.

If the Gold beats Glasshouse it will secure a finals spot pending other results, but Brady was not concerned where on the ladder his team finished.

"As long as we are in the semi-finals,” he said.

The top of the Sunshine Coast Division 1 ladder is hotly contested with only a couple of points separating the leading sides.

On dry wickets across the competition the spin kings reigned supreme and could alter the course of the finals.

In clashes vital to premiership hopes, 15 wickets fell to practitioners of the craft as nearly all batsmen got starts.

Gold XI arch-rival Maroochydore went to lunch at 0/58 on the way to an eventual 5/235 against Caboolture, pushing its claims as genuine title contenders.

However, the Gold's main threat will come from Tewantin-Noosa.

Currently in fifth place but eyeing off two more wins and a home semi-final, the Thunder put the foot down against Caloundra to finish at 4/156 at Stumps.

Gympie Times


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