The seven Lockyer/Ipswich batsmen who were retired or not out in the over 60 team's huge win.
The seven Lockyer/Ipswich batsmen who were retired or not out in the over 60 team's huge win.

Batting whirlwind lifts Lockyer/Ipswich to highest score

By Mike Nowlan

LOCKYER/Ipswich crushed Redlands/Logan with a record score of 5/299 of 45 overs in veterans cricket over 60s 2nd Division at Ivor Marsden on Saturday.

It was the highest score made by a Lockyer-based veterans side, before they bundled Redlands/Logan out 149 in 31 overs.

Redlands/Logan captain Chris Wilkinson won the toss and sent the home side in to bat.

He later said that his decision was influenced by the belief that the strong winds would get worse in the afternoon, making bowling then even more difficult.

However, the whirlwind came from the batting side.

Lockyer/Ipswich captain Brad Hines retired with 43 off 36 balls.

Newcomer Glenn Gotting retired with an impressive 32 off 40 balls.

Bill Jefferies created havoc with 40 retired off 17 balls.

David Lyons 40 retired off 35 balls, Jeff Evans 43 retired off 40 balls and David Frampton remained not out 26 off 31 balls.

Towards the end, Wilkinson said that the batsmen were going after everything and a very fast outfield helped increase the number of fours hit.

Wilkinson, who took 1/14 off his first five overs, kept the openers contained. He finished with 1/34 off eight overs to be the pick of the bowlers along with Paul Commadeur (2/30 off eight).

Experienced all-rounder Jim Coppick finished with 2/61 off seven overs as the later batsmen dealt harshly with his bowling.

The winds did not get worse in the afternoon, but the results for Redlands/Logan did.

After a 29 run opening partnership, wickets fell steadily.

Graham Larrescy made an aggressive 24 off 17 deliveries and number 11 batsman R Martin made an impressive quick-fire 24 off 14 balls.

Wilkinson was a victim of the wind. He was being blown off balance while hitting to leg and fell against his stumps.

Ken Bennet and Glen Gotting shared the bowling honours, both taking 2/18 off five overs. Glen Jackwitz and Bill Jefferies also claimed two wickets each.

Lockyer/Ipswich's man of the match Hines said that it was one of those days when everything planned came off, despite two of the best players being unavailable through sickness.

Wilkinson said anything off line was smashed and the wind did not help the bowler's accuracy.

He said the home side was a very strong combination while Redlands/Logan were going through a rebuilding stage.

Martin was named man of the match for the visitors for his impressive batting.

Both captains said that the match was played in the sort of spirit that veteran's matches should be played in.

Division 2 Over 50's match: Lockyer/Ipswich v Toowoomba at Cahill Park

For the home side, skipper Gary Rule winning the toss for the first time in two years was not much help as Toowoomba outclassed them in all departments.

Lockyer/Ipswich, in batting first, made easily their highest score, and batted out their overs, for the first time this season. The score of 6/155 was comfortably reached by Toowoomba in the 31st over.

Despite extremely windy conditions, the Toowoomba bowlers maintained good line and length to restrict the home side to 34 in the first session of 15 overs, and 55 in the second session.

Steve Lewis (51 retired) and Gary Coleman (41) took the score from 36 to 129 and were the backbone of the innings. Several batsmen commented that the strong wind was blowing them off balance and restricted bat movement.

Lewis's 50 was the first by a Lockyer/Ipswich player this season.

Whilst both Lewis and Coleman batted well, there was little support from the other batsmen.

Steve Hine was Toowoomba's most successful with two for 24 off nine overs.

Toowoomba's batsmen applied themselves, keeping out the good deliveries but safely taking toll of the bad deliveries, of which there were numerous in the strong winds.

The visitors scored 79 in the first session, so were never under pressure to reach the home side's score.

Dean Aitken had the best bowling figures with 1/17 off four overs, but Brian Olsen was economical in the circumstances with none for 16 off six overs.

Steve Lewis was man of the match but Gary Rule lamented Lockyer/Ipswich's lack of consistency in bowling, because it prevented the home side from keeping the pressure on a good batting opposition.

Steve Gramanz, with 40 not out and a good bowling effort, was man of the match for Toowoomba.

Captain Alistair Webb suggested that it was not fair to opposition sides to have Gramanz coming in at number five.