CRICKET: A storm-interrupted first one-day round of SCCA Division 1 fixtures was history-making, as Caboolture and Gympie fought out the first one-day tie under the Duckworth Lewis rules.
At the Showgrounds, Maroochydore gained the nod over Nambour when play ended after 28 overs, while Tewantin-Noosa solved any weather problems in a different way, disposing of Glasshouse in 29 overs to gain a bonus point and the safety of the clubhouse before the storm set in.
At Albert Park, the Gold had set Caboolture a target of 195 against an attack missing Matt Parkinson but regaining veteran Toby Millyard. Trevor Brady joined Ash Sippel when Dan Shepperson and Lewis Waugh went quickly, posting 33 and 58 respectively as the Snakes applied pressure. After 46 from Josh Brady, the home side lasted to the final over and made 194. Matt Anderson grabbed 4/33.
Caboolture's reply stalled early with Martyn McVeigh and Glen Batticciotto back in the stand for just eight runs. A run-out Matt Schubert, 18, and the in-form Ryan Baker, 59, supplied urgency, but both went in the 80s. As the weather threatened, the visitors pushed to 6/145 before vacating the ground.
With no chance of play the D/L projections became the decider with the target score at 38.4 overs exactly, the figure needed for the scores to be equal. The tie, just the fifth since one-dayers were introduced in 1986-87, is the first under the D/L system.
Tewantin-Noosa increased its lead at the top of the table after an un-even 166 proved too much for Glasshouse at Read Park. Andy Kratzmann's 63 was the standout contribution, with assistance from Ben Gear and Steve Shaw early. Heath Fischer and a returning Anthony Delforno worried with the ball early, and debutant Leon Manuel snared two wickets.
Ashley Poole and Michael Thomson made short work of the Rangers' top order, with Brett Milini and Liam Moffett away at 19, and the rest of the first five gone by 29. From there it was only token resistance, with Hayden Owen and Delforno supplying more than half of the eventual 97 in 29 overs, against a home side that has found confidence.
At Nambour, an early burst from Adam Thornton and Dan Hall kept the Maroochydore reply on track after the Cutters had set a competitive 8/219 based on twin 54s from Josh Matthews and Nick Wallace.
Jayden Francis' consecutive sixes against Chris Welsh closed the home dig. Thornton's run-out for 49 and Hall's fleet-footed 42 lifted the visitors' run rate to five per-over, enough to comfortably pass the D/L projection at 3/140 when the end came after 28 overs.
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