Caloundra dominates, taking down Maroochydore Red

ON TARGET: Gympie bowler Ashley Lawless tore through Maroochydore Blue.
ON TARGET: Gympie bowler Ashley Lawless tore through Maroochydore Blue. James Loose

CALOUNDRA continued their dominance over Maroochydore Red when play in their Sunshine Coast Division One fixture resumed Saturday.

While wet weather forced two of the Round 11 games to be abandoned, Caloundra made the most of their opportunities at Roy Henzell Oval to claim an outright victory.

Having bundled Maroochydore out for a paltry 78 early on the opening day of the clash, Caloundra racked up an impressive 3/240(dec) before striking to have the visitors reeling at 2/8 at stumps on day one.

When play resumed Caloundra continued to apply the blowtorch, Will Carlisle trapping Tom Munro in front without addition to the overnight score.

Wickets continued to tumble and at 9/77 an early day appeared certain but Jake Ibbotson and Luke McInnes then teamed up to frustrate the attack.

Opposites in build and batting style, the pair showed the resolve the Reds had needed earlier in the match.

Ibbotson produced a defiant 67 before he was caught off Carlisle (4/27) while McInnes finished unbeaten on 17 with the Reds still 22 runs in arrears.

The win elevates Caloundra to sixth on the ladder in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Maroochydore Blue slipped to third after going down to Gympie at Ron McMullin Oval.

Chasing 217, Blue were dismissed for 116 when Ashley Lawless, wicketless in four previous spells this season, took an incredible 3/0 in just 10 balls to end the first innings.

Josh Brady also impressed, claiming 3/32 while Kaden Dickfos took 2/28.

The home side finished at 2/70 in their second dig to avoid the outright defeat.

The match at Read Park was abandoned with Tewantin (213) and Glasshouse (2/42) forced to settle for a draw.

The match between Nambour (75) and Caboolture (6/181) was also washed out with Caboolture claiming first innings points.

Topics:  cricket

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