Dolphins’ hopes alive for intriguing last day of Premier Cricket
A “disappointed” Gold Coast outfit has one last chance to book its spot in the my FootDr Premier Grade 2015/16 final series when it resumes at 3/78 on Saturday.
The Dolphins have made playing finals as difficult as possible for themselves after the Christmas break and will have a day to chase down bottom-placed Ipswich/Logan’s total of 206 to give themselves a slither of hope of playing next weekend.
After a strong start to the year, Gold Coast has only won one two-day fixture since its round eight match against Toombul at the end of November, something Club Coach Damian Wallis labelled as disappointing.
“We are more disappointed than annoyed as we had put ourselves in a good position going into the Christmas break,” Wallis said.
“We have lost to two top four sides in Wests and Redlands recently we knew these were big games and teams that you must beat if you are looking to progress and win finals.
“Our batting has let us down in these losses.”
But despite the situation the Dolphins find themselves in, all hope is not lost.
The Dolphins are currently sitting in sixth place on 64.9 points and if they manage to get the runs against Ipswich/Logan on Saturday, a first inning victory is the most likely result. This will put them on 76.9 points and into the top four.
With Wests and Sunshine Coast, sitting fourth and fifth respectively, sharing competition points (70) and in the midst of a final round battle, a result—which seems extremely likely—will separate the two.
Wests will resume at 2/88 in reply to the Sunshine Coast’s 139 and if Wests secure first innings points, they will move to 82 points.
Third placed Toombul, who sit on 71.7 have set University a mammoth target of 430 for first innings victory. If University is able to chase the runs down and Gold Coast win their match, Toombul will drop outside the top four and leave the door open for Gold Coast and Wests to slide in.
Even a draw won’t suffice for Toombul, which would leave them on 76.7 points, 0.2 points behind Gold Coast if they get first innings points.
Redlands have already secured first innings points against Norths will remain in second place regardless of other results.
But the Dolphins need to do their part for any of this to become a reality and Wallis said there wasn’t any reason his side couldn’t chase the runs on Saturday.
“A good start is important as Ipswich will come at us hard in the morning,” he said.
“If we can combat that then there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the runs on a good pitch with seven wickets in hand.
“Obviously we have to win this weekend and hope some results go our way to even make the finals but once you are in then you have to win two games to take the premiership.
“So anything can happen once you are there.”
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Play resumes at 10am on Saturday.
Author: Richard Coombs