Hornets 'on par' with Wests
HORNETS all-rounder Harry Wood has hailed the bowling effort of his Ipswich/Logan side in restricting a heavy-hitting Western Suburbs line-up to a gettable 300 runs at Baxter Oval on Saturday.
Six Hornets rolled the arm over inside 94 overs, and all took at least one wicket with Sean Lutter (3/68) the key destroyer.
Wood was at his economical best, finishing with figures of 2/20 from 10 overs and claiming the key wicket of Sam Truloff (29).
"There was some big partnerships there which of course are always frustrating, but I thought we bowled really well in the middle sessions to get ourselves back in the contest,” Wood said, referencing the 99-run, second-wicket stand.
"I feel like we're bowling very well at the moment. Everyone after Christmas has had a really good day at some point.
"Our spinners were bowling well; Harry Macoun and Nick De Giusti were economical and dried up the runs after they got off to a fast start.”
Wood said the tide turned in the Hornets' favour once the wickets of Truloff and Chris Sabburg (93) fell in quick succession just after the lunch break.
"At lunch they were 2/120-odd, and Truloff and Sabburg were in, so we'd probably take them being all-out for 300 in the end,” he said.
"They're two of their best players, and we knew if we let them both get in we would be looking at a pretty big score, so we had to take wickets.
"(300) is about a par score I think.”
The Hornets have struggled to build big partnerships in recent outings, but Wood was adamant on the Baxter Oval wicket and with a finals berth to play for, the hosts would give a solid account of themselves this Saturday.
"Wests are a side we've always wanted to beat, and I think we proved yesterday with how we came out after the lunch break that we're all hungry to play finals cricket,” Wood said.
"We're all due with the bat. We haven't quite put that performance in that we're capable of doing.
"The wicket is very flat, it's a good cricket wicket. Once you get in it's hard to get out.”
Wood gave a simple assessment of what the Hornets need to do to win against the premiers.
"Someone has to get 100 next week,” he said. "We need two big partnerships, and we need to bat the whole day.
"If we're there batting at the end of the day and someone has 100 next to their name, we probably get the points.”