QT cricket columnist Wayne Jones. Photo: Contributed
QT cricket columnist Wayne Jones. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Christmas over for our cricketers

CRICKET will be back in full swing again today after the Christmas recess.

Ipswich/Logan Hornets have already started back but suffered setbacks in last week's T20s against Norths and Sandgate-Redcliffe in their T20 competition. Harry Wood (797 runs at 57) and Levi Thomson-Matthews (745r at 53.21) continued their terrific form but Hornets have just been unable to get enough runs on the board in the shortest format.

The first and second graders finish their T20 campaign with a home game against Redlands today and an away fixture at Sunshine Coast tomorrow. No doubt the younger players such as Will Trigar and Bryn Llewellyn will be keen to show coach Aaron Moore what they have to offer.

Juniors show wares at Les Kinnane Cup

The annual Les Kinnane Cup has been played at Marsden Complex and Limestone Park over the week. Ipswich/Logan U15 girls team and Ipswich Pioneers U13 boys team are representing Ipswich. Ball has dominated bat so far with Cody Danziel (106 at 26.5) leading Ipswich teams batting while Hannah Lehmann (8w at 5.9) has been outstanding with the ball for the Hornets.

Hornets (110) defeated Logan (102) and have some close losses and can be quite proud of the achievements while the younger boys team has tried very hard but are yet to get a win.

Local reps doing big things on state and national scene

In other representative news, Hornets leg-spinner Dylan McAteer has travelled to Dubai with the Australian U16 team to play against Pakistan in five 50 over matches and a T20 game over the next fortnight.

Noah Emerson has had an outstanding U15 state championships with scores of 20, 70, 10, and 98* for Western Swelter, a combined SEQ and Darling Downs team on the Sunshine Coast.

In women's rep, Lauryn Anderson has had a successful country championship playing for Qld Country against fellow Hornets Brenda Tau and Vicky Ara'a while they played for East Asia Pacific at Shepparton, Victoria.

Meanwhile, Georgia Voll and Ruth Johnston will play in an exhibition match today in Sydney before the Stars/Thunder BBL match tonight. They will be on opposing teams. The Meg Lanning XII vs Ellyse Perry XII is an annual match to showcase the next generation of stars.

Ipswich cricket resumes after Christmas spell

The local IWMCA starts back up after the Christmas recess. The top grade has the top teams facing off with Laidley hosting Brothers with Laidley having a cushy 19 point lead on the ladder.

Yet again, this grand final rematch looks like a classic encounter if both teams are at full strength. They played in a lot of finals against each other this decade but Laidley have won 10 of the last 13 encounters. In this year's one-day match, Laidley chased down Brothers' 283, the highest successful run chase in IWMCA history.

Alex Welsh (658 runs at 110 & 20 wickets at 12.5) scored 165no off 164 balls that day and is a key reason the Blue dogs are on top of the ladder. David Richardson edges him on wickets (21w at 12.05) but he has nearly a 300-run lead over Luke Dixon (382r at 76.4).

Mick Ridgewell (241r at 60.2), Mark Sharrad (12w at 15.7), keeper Matthew Grassick (251r at 27.9), Michael Sippel (305r at 33.9) and Ben Gibson (11w at 17.6) are also players who could be ones to look out for. All0rounder Cam Wood (154r at 22), will have extra incentive to do well as he is just 35 runs short of 2000 top grade runs.

The other first grade fixture is Northsiders travelling across the bridge to Limestone Park to take on Centrals. The Tigers will need to win all their remaining fixtures to play finals cricket. They have lost some key moments in matches, twice against Centrals, and how their season would be different if they would have won them.

They have a young talented list led by Ryan Benson (156 at 22.3), Troy Cooper (198r at 24.5) and Dom Salton (11w at 24) so these games will be a good test of their character and development.

Centrals are coming off the bye as well so could be a bit rusty having basically 5 weeks off. Tim Weber (268r at 38.3) and Luke Barrett (162 at 23.1) will have to lead the batting while Rhys O'Sullivan (10w at 23.3) and Geoff Klease (13w at 17.3) will need to continue their good form if they are to make the semis. They have only lost once in their last eight encounters between the two.

In Second Grade, leaders Fassifern have the bye and a 37-point lead which means today's encounter between Thunder and Laidley and the Northsiders and Redbacks will be important for who will finish second and host the semi final.

The old Third Grade comp has been split in two to make a Fourth Grade competition. Clubs will retain their points and will battle it out for finals spot. Laidley (76) and Redbacks Black (67) have cleared out in Third Grade and will also take on each other today which no doubt, will go a long way in determining the all important minor premiership. Northsiders have become the leaders in Fourth Grade but Thunder Bolts, Redbacks White and Fassifern are just behind them.

In Monday's night T20, Laidley edged out the Redbacks while this Monday has Thunder up against Northsiders at Limestone Park.

'Winner takes all' in Toowoomba

The Ipswich representative team will play Toowoomba in a "winner takes all” Webb Shield fixture tomorrow for a spot in the grand final. The Pioneers suffered a loss against Warehouse last Sunday despite the best efforts of captain Matt Guest (55 off 77 balls) and Vaughan Oldham (3/30 and two run outs) at Limestone Park.

Ipswich restricted Warehouse to 144 but stumbled to 7/45 in response before a fighting partnership between Guest and wicketkeeper Marcus Hiller (16). A 37-run last wicket partnership between Guest and debutant Brendan Ashton almost got the Pioneers home. Warehouse will host the winner of tomorrow's contest on February 10.

Pioneers will be under strength unfortunately due prior commitments of several key players but no doubt with the inclusion of all-rounders Barrett and Wood, Ipswich will put up a good fight.

Calling all past players for Over-50s team

In other news, Ipswich will be forming an over-50s team to play in a winter competition starting in April which plays every two or three weeks. The aim is about resuming or maintaining old friendships and enjoying the game that they once played again. If there is any past players keen to have a run around, you can contact Darion Parise on 0417740704.

Troy Salton Memorial Match

If anyone is free next Sunday, get down to Cribb Park and Norths League Club and watch the Troy Salton memorial match.

It's been one year since the well respected Northsiders manager and policeman passed away. Northsiders are hosting the Qld Police Team over two T20 matches starting at 10am.

IWMCA Ladders

First Grade: Laidley 55.05, Brothers 36.06, Centrals 26*, Northsiders 14.79, Redbacks 4.35

Second Grade: Fassifern 96.44, Laidley 58.91*, Thunder 55.69*, Redbacks 48.72, Centrals 40.82, Brothers 18.51

Third Grade: Laidley 76, Redbacks Black 67, Redbacks Red 54, Centrals 52, Thunder Ducks 47, Thunder Storm 44

Fourth Grade: Northsiders 42, Thunder Bolts 38, Redbacks White 31, Fassifern 30, Brothers 18, Springfield 15

* had the bye