Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Partnership Needs to Produce at Least One Century Gold Looks to Make History; Team Mates Hope to Send Travis Chandler off with a Grand Final Win

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Partnership Needs to Produce at Least One Century Gold Looks to Make History; Team Mates Hope to Send Travis Chandler off with a Grand Final Win

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CRICKET: Gympie Gold all-rounder Travis Chandler (pictured) has seen it all at when it comes to Gympie cricket.

Floods, massive wins, heavy losses, club games, rep games - he's even been a Helltown Hillbilly.

What he is yet to see is a Gympie Gold premiership.

Today is his last chance to see one, and his team mates will do everything they can to secure it for him.

After today's grand final decider in the Sunshine Coast Division 1 premiership against the Caboolture Snakes, Chandler will hang up his whites and head to Scotland.

The 28-year-old will follow his partner, Gill Cairney, to live in Scotland next month so today marks his last game with the Gold.

Chandler has been a regular fixture in the Gold for last decade as a standout bowler, but skipper Kaden Dickfos said there was also a list of behind-the-scenes jobs Chandler took on to keep the team going.

Dickfos said he'd love nothing more than to send Chandler off with a win.

"He's a massive part of the team," he said. "We've got to do what we can to make sure he goes out a winner."

Gympie faces an all-or-nothing batting struggle to reach a daunting 283 target against Caboolture today.

The Gold is 4-77 but has Dickfos and key all-rounder Josh Brady at the crease.

"It (that partnership) is pretty crucial," Dickfos said.

"Even without scoring too many runs, we've just got to make sure we don't give Caboolture any early momentum in taking our wickets. We need to get through that first hour of the day and reassess from there.

"We're still well and truly in it, which is good.

"We can show up with a positive attitude and we know the blokes who have still got to bat have one last job to do."

The Gold gambled on the weather and lost last weekend when Dickfos sent the Snakes in, disregarding the "bat first when it's dry in March" adage that has proved so valuable over the years.

TWO early wickets gave short-term vindication, but a dropped catch and perfect batting conditions enabled the Snakes to recover from 2-1 to reach 283. …

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