Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Snakes Wrap Up the Title; Swans Push Caboolture in Shortened Grand Final But

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Snakes Wrap Up the Title; Swans Push Caboolture in Shortened Grand Final But

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Byline: PAT DREW and TRAVIS MEYN

CABOOLTURE has confirmed a successful season in SCCA First Division by wrapping up the rain-shortened grand final against Maroochydore after an early stumble in the chase of the Swans' 82.

The Snakes ended the match at 4/111 after being 3/3 earlier in the afternoon.

After losing a crucial toss last weekend, Maroochydore began the day at 4/29 from 38 overs and struggled to add to its total.

Maroochydore captain Jimmy Aspinwall said his side was always chasing its tail after being sent in to bat last weekend.

"It's disappointing but I don't really feel too bad as long as the boys have tried their hardest all year."

Maroochydore had to calculate the mix of score and time to be a chance, and after Alecz Day was run out with the score at 5/33, the outlook wasn't good for the Swans.

John Clifford and Aspinwall took the big shot option to the medium pace of Dane Adams, but found only safe hands, then 7/49 turned into 9/49 as Damien Said edged McInerney and Mark Gear sliced Adams to Ryan Baker.

With a 50-run chase looking likely as Shane Newton joined Ben Peters, Caboolture could have been eyeing off a champagne toast at lunch, but the pair provided the first display of Swans' composure of the final, keeping the ball on the ground and the risks in the background.

Thirty valuable runs later Newton's patience ran out when he hit the persistent Toby Millyard for Baker's second catch, and the 82 total, while not ideal, was a big improvement on the Swans' earlier position.

Caboolture now had to survive 10 minutes before lunch, normally a breeze for Adams and Luke Schmelzkopf but this was a grand final and just four balls and one run had ensued when the 'keeper bunted a rising ball back to Newton on the followthrough.

And when the final over of the session saw Newton replaced by legspinner Peters, Adams obliged the Swans' enterprise by injudiciously attempting to sweep and was trapped in front. …

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