CRICKET: Caboolture has wrapped up its 12th SCCA Division 1 premiership, and sixth in the past eight years with a first innings win over Maroochydore at Caloundra's Henzell Oval.
The parting gift of a parched summer was the ability of grounds to quickly soak up the offerings of a passing ex-cyclone Debbie, and the third day of the final began early with the Swans on 6/141, needing an extended stand at the crease to reach the Snakes' 263.
This was not to be, for the second over of the day found the ball in the capable hands of Caboolture captain Matt Anderson, whose third delivery beat the bat but not the pads of Chris Welsh, his Maroochydore spinning counterpart. His scoreless departure left the Swans with one fewer candidate for glory, and brought Kev Schultz to the crease.
Schultz's opening single was followed by 23 dot balls as Anderson and Matt Parkinson mounted pressure. Sam Nelson added two runs before being bowled by Parkinson at 145, then Schultz was caught by Andy Schablon as he tried to hit his way out of Anderson's spell.
From 9/147 the future looked bleak, but Shane Newton, in his Swansong for the club was determined to leave unbowed, and reached double figures with two boundaries before Dan Book ended the final partnership as he stumped James Vincent off Parkinson. The Maroochydore innings was over at 162, still three figures in arrears.
Caboolture took the middle once more to bat out the day in safety, perhaps mindful of Gympie's remarkable come from behind win last year, but a Snakes collapse was not to be. Lunch came at 2/54, with both wickets to Vincent, then Caboolture's top scorer Jaden Coffin, who had been Newton's 500th scalp, became his 525th and final wicket as the Swans' longtime strongman bowed out with the third highest tally in Coast history, edging past Ian Gibson.
After the tea break the scoreboard of 6/178 gave a 279 lead with one session in hand, a total that Swans captain Gerard Flegler conceded to, and the Snakes' celebrations began.
Retiring Swan Shane Newton lauded the premiers.
"To be fair, Caboolture was the best team all year (and) they were better than us on the day,” he said before pinpointing their collapse last weekend as the turning point.
"Those late wickets, that was probably the game right there, in 20 minutes or so.”
Scca Division 1 Grandfinal 01-04-2017
Caboolture V Maroochydore
Henzell Oval Day 3
Caboolture 1st Innings 263
Maroochydore 1st Innings
Thornton A. lbw b Anderson 25
Stitt C lbw b Anderson 25
Chaplin J. run out 49
Flegler G. ct Book b Schablon 1
Hall D. ct Anderson b Schablon 39
Dyer D. lbw b Anderson 0
Nelson S. b Parkinson 2
Welsh C. lbw b Anderson 0
Schultz K. ct Schablon b Anderson 3
Newton S. not out 10
Vincent J. st Book b Parkinson 6
FOW: 35, 72, 73, 137, 137, 141, 141, 145, 147, 162.
Bowling: Parkinson 19.5-6-45-2, Flew 5-1-19-0, Anderson 24-13-21-5, Schablon 17-4-38-2, Batticciotto 2-0-9-0, Connew 0-1-27-0.
Caboolture 2nd Innings
Schubert M. lbw b Vincent 13
Anderson M. b Vincent 20
R.Baker not out 62
Batticciotto G. ct Welsh b Vincent 12
Schablon A. ct Nelson b Vincent 2
McVeigh M. ct Flegler b Schultz 2
Coffin J. ct Stitt b Newton 55
Book D. not out 6
FOW: 30, 37, 56, 58, 63, 141.
Bowling: Schultz 7-2-16-1, Newton 22-5-64-1, Vincent, 15-2-50-4, Welsh 7-2-29-0, Stitt 3-1-9-0 Thornton 4-3-5-0. Overs: 58
Won By Caboolture On Ist Innings.