Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caboolture to Face Tewantin-Noosa in Final of One-Day Competition

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caboolture to Face Tewantin-Noosa in Final of One-Day Competition

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CRICKET: Caboolture and Tewantin-Noosa will contest the final of the Sunshine Coast one-day competition next Sunday after both sides demonstrated the strengths that took them to the top in the limited overs challenge.

The Snakes needed to rise to the occasion after a gallant Nambour posted 9/221 at the Showgrounds, lifted by a gritty century from Nick Wallace in the absence of Steve Ledger. From 2/27 after 6 overs until the final ball of the 49th, the left-hander kept the innings alive, adding a 70 partnership with skipper Ash Renouf for the 8th wicket.

Wallace was undone by the unlikely bowling of Matt Schubert, at the crease for his fourth spell in a 60-match career, but had lifted the visitors to a competitive total, strengthened when Matt Sampson had Schubert stumped, then Dan Book caught behind in his second over, stalling the Snakes' start at 2/7.

The rare dismissal of Glen Batticciotto for 43 halted the home revival at 110, and regular wickets found the game poised at 7/188 needing 34 runs from 44 balls with three wickets in hand.

But at the crease were Andy Schablon and Matt Parkinson, with 414 games between them, two-thirds belonging to the wily offspinner, along with 6000-plus runs.

This is why Caboolture is so hard to defeat, even from tough positions, and the runs came with a dozen balls to spare, Schablon unbeaten on 61, Parkinson on 19.

At Read Park, Tewantin's bowlers returned to their early season dominance against Maroochydore on a track that showed more life than the weather would suggest.

The home side set 165 from an innings where the Thunder batsmen raised enough starts to set a middling score, but none got free of the thirties to mount a huge goal.

Craig Betts was best for the Swans with 3/34, and skipper Blaine Schloss, no doubt concerned by the recent frailties in the batting, would have been heartened by a gettable task. …

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