SLICK WORK: Caboolture’s wicketkeeper Luke Schmelzkopf stumps Gympie batsman Ricky Dann.
SLICK WORK: Caboolture’s wicketkeeper Luke Schmelzkopf stumps Gympie batsman Ricky Dann. Warren Lynam

Forget a washout, we want a win Snakes go in for kill

CABOOLTURE captain Cameron Garnham believes his side has the runs on the board to claim an outright victory in tomorrow's Sunshine Coast cricket grand final against Gympie, regardless of the weather.

Persistent rain has put the third and final day of the match in doubt.

If it is abandoned or severely shortened, Caboolture will claim victory due to its 27-run first innings advantage. But even if there is a full day's play, Garnham is confident.

Gympie Gold resumes at 1-18 and needs 162 runs to claim an outright victory, a total he believed may be beyond their reach.

"The last four times we have played them they have not scored more than 160 against us," he said.

"They could only manage 138 against us in the first innings so we are still very confident we have enough runs.

"We have played them seven times in the last two years and typically 180 has been more than enough."

However, Garnham said his side would still have to be on its game if it was to win a fourth premiership in a row.

"We clearly want to get on and test ourselves against the best side in the comp," he said.

"But grand finals are typically low scoring affairs and last year was identical in last year's grand final against them.

"We know each other very well and have played each other several times in semi-finals and grand finals."

Garnham said he actually hoped the weather would allow the Snakes the opportunity to claim an outright win.

Anything else would feel like a hollow victory.

"We will prepare as if we are playing and no-one wants to see it washed out," he said.

"If we don't bowl a ball it is going to be pretty tough to celebrate when you are sitting in the rain."


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