'Frustrated' Hornets ready for T20 reset
HORNETS all-rounder Harry Wood admitted to feeling frustrated after being "outplayed in all three facets” of the game against Western Suburbs at the weekend.
Led by a century from Jonte Pattison, Wests declared at 7/341on Saturday before bowling the visiting Hornets all out for 184 in reply.
"We didn't build enough pressure on Saturday. On Sunday we started reasonably well with the bat to be 2/90 at lunch, but they got a lot out of the wicket,” Wood said.
"They batted really well on Saturday afternoon. They bat very deep and had some good partnerships. They just did the little things better for longer than we did.”
Sunday's defeat was the Hornets' third in a row in the Brisbane Premier Grade two-day competition.
Wood said the Hornets could not "quite put our finger” on the team's issues in translating their strong one-day form to the two-day format.
"We've played some really good cricket this year in the one-day format, but we haven't turned that into good two-day form for some reason,” the Australian Under-20 representative said.
"We can't fault the effort of everyone. We're working as hard as we can. I think it will come, we just have to persist.”
Admitting the two-day finals may now be beyond reach of the Hornets with just four rounds to play after Christmas, Wood said those matches would be about "playing for some pride”.
"Four games left, we try to win all four and take some momentum into next year,” he said.
"The biggest thing at the moment we're lacking is confidence in our two-day stuff.”
The Ipswich/Logan club's focus now switches to T20 mode, with eight rounds to play before finals.
"It should free us up to play with some freedom and enjoy the next few weeks of T20,” Wood said.
This season, the winner of the T20 competition will represent Queensland at the National Premier T20 Championships in Adelaide in March.
"It's a great incentive, and I don't see why we can't win the T20 comp,” Wood said.
"I think our white ball cricket has been really good. We have dangerous players with the bat and ball.
"We have a lot of all-rounders, which helps.”