CRICKET: Gympie has hit back after its first round embarrassment against Tewantin-Noosa, blasting 3/341 against Nambour then leaving the Cutters reeling at 2/17 at stumps.
At Glasshouse, the Rangers recovered from 6/140 against Caloundra to post 290, propped up by an unbeaten debut 81 from junior Tom Lunt.
And at Read Park, Caboolture gave Tewantin-Noosa a reminder that the season is a long, hard grind by dismissing the early leaders for 113 to be 1/61 at stumps.
Nambour had demonstrated batting strength to declare at 374 against Caloundra, but skipper Steve Ledger chose to insert the Gold after winning the toss. When Sam Eiby had Dan Huth caught the Gold were 1/13, but that was the Cutters high point.
A gritty Dan Shepperson dug in with Lewis Waugh, building a total until Waugh went for 69 in the 56th over with 137 on the board.
An incoming Trevor Brady relished the chance to highlight his own skills and belted 140 from 117 balls, including 23 off Sam Parsons' 14th over. His patient partner was on 98 when Brady departed and ended their 189-run stand, a new club third-wicket record, and Waugh waited just long enough for Shepperson to reach three figures before declaring at 3/341, leaving Eiby the only successful bowler with 3/60.
A major chase needs a big start, and Cutters'opener Josh Matthews cautiously played Brycen Mitchell's first delivery looking to repeat his Caloundra success. But the dreams were shattered next ball as Mitchell found the edge, then put himself on a hat-trick by trapping Nambour's trump Ledger for LBW on his first ball. From 2/0 the home side limped to stumps at 2/17.
Glasshouse would have looked for a solid batting start, but withered as Will Carlile and Jack Cockram plucked wickets regularly. Newcomer Chris Boyce used his grade experience to reach 38.
But at 6/140 the Rangers seemed set for a below-200 total. Then Lunt and Curtis Schofield found the attack to their liking, Schofield striking 46, while the youngster went the distance on debut, dragging the tail up to 290 at stumps.
Caboolture's Matt Parkinson and Matt Anderson squeezed Tewantin's batsmen, allowing them 14 runs off the first 15 overs, but a fighting 3/65 at the break fell away as the resistance was slowly eroded. The runs slowed while Anderson spun his way to 4/21, with Parkinson's bagging 3/13.
Thunder's occupation of the crease was not reflected in the scorebook as the innings closed at 113 after 80 overs but the Snakes'1/61 by day's end was a hint towards next Saturday's conclusion.
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