Glasshouse in cruise mode thanks to club stalwart

CLUBMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE: Glasshouse batsman, Brett Milini digs one out on his way to an unbeaten 136 and past 4000 club runs against the Gympie Gold.
CLUBMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE: Glasshouse batsman, Brett Milini digs one out on his way to an unbeaten 136 and past 4000 club runs against the Gympie Gold. Brett Wortman

THERE were runs aplenty around the Coast as round one of local Division 1 fixtures ended with every ground recording one century and two at Glasshouse.

In spite of these, only Caboolture managed to reach its first innings target, and that was to get just two more runs, while Nambour, Gympie and Caloundra faded early.

At Ron McMullin Oval, Caboolture passed Maroochydore Reds 124 and pressed on to 264, with Matt Anderson reaching 101 in his second Coast century. Reds bowler Ben Kethro carried the load for his side with a mammoth 4-90 effort.

Batting again, the home team needed to likely bat out the day to avoid an outright defeat and at tea was 3-72 but could only total 152. That was enough to make the Snakes bat again but Rod Gibbs and Josh Wilson got the 13 to claim maximum points.

Anderson's 4-44 took his match figures to 10 wickets and a century, a feat unrivalled in the post-1986 format of the competition.

"His batting ... he just knows his own game so well," Snakes skipper Cameron Garnham said.

"And he is probably one of the best spinners to ever play on the Coast. He's just got a bag of tricks that most blokes can't contend with."

Glasshouse took just 24 more overs to dismiss Gympie which had resumed at 3-95 chasing 211.

The Gold was all out for 146. Jeremy Schultz had the first six wickets in his 6-69 and then shared centuries with Brett Milini as the Rangers capped an ideal season-starter to close at 2-301.

Schultz's 109 enabled a game-first for his club with six wickets and a century, while Milini's unbeaten 136 took him to eight tons and past 4000 runs for Glasshouse. The 197-run partnership was a new club record for the third wicket.

Meanwhile, Tewantin-Noosa would have been looking for the words to the team song after a winless 2013-14 with a comprehensive win over Caloundra which struggled to reach the Thunder's 214. After resuming at 4-131, the Lighthouses closed for 177 as Ashley Poole introduced himself to his new club in the best way with 4-40.

Then Ash Gray smashed 164 to help the home side to 6-224 in a happy-hour 37 overs before declaring.

Dan Freebody posted 92 in the Lighthouse's 2-143 hitout before stumps.

Maroochydore Blue picked up the points over Nambour but not before a defiant Cutters' tail gave some nervous moments.

Beginning at 6-92 against Maroochydore's 206, the home side lost skipper Steve Ledger. The tail wagged but Shane Newton's 22nd five wicket haul ended the quest at 182. At stumps Maroochydore was 4-267, with Adam Thornton not out 112.

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