Incentive points crucial as Coast cricket returns
Playing catch-up for points in the SCCA Division 1 fixtures becomes just that little bit harder after the Covid induced cancellation of play last Saturday turned Round 18 into a one-day contest.
At the moment the top four sides fit within a 9-point range, and the reduction of winning points from 10 to seven makes it harder to match sides ahead.
Top of the table Glasshouse are playing Caboolture with a lead of just over seven points, and a 2-day win to the Snakes would have put them easily ahead, but the change in position now will depend on incentive points.
At the other end of the table Caloundra host Coolum, and the Lighthouses would be eyeing off a win, plus a Nambour loss to Tewantin, to lift them to sixth on the ladder.
With the Cutters seven points in front, the incentive points will again be crucial.
A week in time has other effects for selections, as well.
Caboolture guru Glen Batticciotto was struggling to make his comeback against the Rangers last Saturday, but the extension makes his inclusion much more likely.
For a Snakes side struggling for runs, the return of the competition’s leading runscorer is a bonus.
In all probability the games last week would have been stopped by the weather, so the reality is just another Coast wet season.
Grass loves the conditions, and bowlers love grass, so runs could be problematic.
Batsmen who have spent an extended break watching the BBL will be itching for the chance to show their wares, so some exciting stroke play may result.
As the season turns into the New Year, there’s an opportunity to look at progress in the Ashley Noffke Medal, the competition’s highest individual honour.
Each match is judged by the umpires, with three nominations per game.
For the opening T20 rounds, points were allocated on a 3,2,1 basis, with value being doubled for one-day matches, then increased to 9, 6, 3 for the two-day games, reflecting the time involved.
With six two-day rounds still to be released or played, there is still a lot of cricketing opportunity to be rewarded, so here’s the top ten to the start of December.
Ashley Noffke Medal 2020-21 points to Round 16:
Luke McInnes (M’dore) 29, Callum Stitt (M’dore) 27, Sam Curtis (Coolum) 24, Tom Freshwater (Tew-Noosa) 23, Dan Cahill (G’house) 22, Glen Batticciotto (Cab) 21, Wally Wright (Cal) 21, Jarrod Officer (Tew-Noosa) 19, Lewis Waugh (Gymp) 18, Tim Close (Nambour)) 17.
Points after Round 17: Glasshouse 92.15, Maroochydore 87.97, Caboolture 85.04, Tewantin-
Noosa 83.38, Gympie 44.14, Nambour 42.52, Coolum 37.40, Caloundra 35.61