Sunshine Coast cricket sides keen to get into full stride
CRICKET: A confused table could start to settle down after round three of Sunshine Coast fixtures when the fancied four for semi-finals, Caboolture, Gympie, Glasshouse and Maroochydore Blue play less-credentialed opposition.
Caboolture, who last week tasted two-day defeat for the first time in 26 matches, is surprisingly sixth on the ladder. This round the Snakes host seventh-placed Tewantin-Noosa, which has seemingly lost the ability to make runs after resurgence last season and a promising T20 start.
With Andy Kratzmann, Jarrod Officer, Stephen Shaw and Chris Wright on the Thunder list, and some determination from the rest of the order, there is no need for catastrophes like the 45 and 71 against Gympie to recur.
Meanwhile, Gympie will welcome Nambour but will be without a fair proportion of talent, to the Schaeffer Shield, next weekend for day two.
Perhaps Gold captain Kaden Dickfos could decide to bowl first, knowing that the Cutters' time at the crease can be short if Steve Ledger and Hayden Greig are back in the shed.
Maroochydore Blue similarly loses five players on the second day against Caloundra, so Craig Davies will be searching for the first-day lead that the Swans gained in the past two rounds. Maroochydore Reds are home to Glasshouse, who would feel confident after knocking off the top two from last season in the opening rounds.
LADDER: Maroochydore Blue 36, Glasshouse 29, Gympie 29, Caloundra 25, Nambour 23, Caboolture 20, Tewantin/Noosa 8, Maroochydore Red 7.