Hornets teams close on first grade victories
IT was good to see cricketers back on the field after a few wet weekends.
There were promising signs too as Ipswich teams performed so well against their intercity opponents.
In their two-day match against University, Ipswich Logan Hornets made 7/328 with half centuries to Levi Thomson-Matthews (83), Anthony Wilson (64), Harry (55) and Jack Wood (51).
The Hornets have been threatening to put together a big score with the bat after several players have made some solid scores over the past month.
However, the job isn't finished and the St Lucia pitch will be rolled a bit more this week to give the students a chance to chase down this total.
With workhorse Nick De Giusti out, it will give more opportunities to the pace bowlers to ensure the win.
Chinaman spinner Jack Wood, on the injury comeback trail, will be very keen to get further involved in the game after his highest score (51) in the top grade last week.
The Hornets women's top team also performed well before Sunday's thunderstorm swamped the field at Deagon.
Australian under-16 representative Georgia Voll was back to her best with 78 as the women ran up an impressive 223 against Sandgate Redcliffe.
After such solid performances recently, a win is not too far away.
This week the Hornets play Valleys at home.
IN the Madsen-Harding Shield competition, Centrals, Brothers and Laidley maintained their impressive starts to the season with wins.
Brothers veteran David Richardson ran amok amongst Lockyer's lower order to give Brothers an easier run chase than expected.
Craig Mackay and Cam Wood saw them home for a double bonus point win.
Laidley's bowling unit was on song as they restricted Northsiders to just 136.
Captain Alex Welsh continued his scintillating form with another unbeaten 70 to guide the Bluedogs to a comfortable bonus point victory and keep pressure on ladder leaders Centrals.
Meanwhile, the Kookaburras staged a remarkable fighting win in Toowoomba against Mets, which has basically knocked them out of the competition.
Missing eight regulars, Centrals fought back at 3/111 at 25 overs to restrict Mets to 193, then slumped to 6/82 in their innings to rally again and win by two wickets.
Opener Tim Weber, who has been one of the best batsmen in the top grade the past two seasons, came to the fore again with a chanceless 94 not out off 118 balls as he guided his team to victory, following on from his unusual role as keeper in Mets innings.
Mick Abbott marked his return to Ipswich cricket as he picked up three wickets before partnering Weber in a valuable 70 run partnership. It was the second highest eighth wicket partnership in Ipswich's one day history for that wicket.
The match of the round this week is the heavyweight bout in Pool B between the top two, Brothers and Wests at Marsden 2.
Brian May returned for Wests last week in his first game of the year with 63 but Wests will be without talented duo Neale brothers.
Ipswich premiers Brothers have been playing some good cricket throughout the year with everyone contributing to their victories.
If they can win in this game, they can secure a home semi-final against probably Laidley or Centrals in early December.
The other games have Northsiders travelling across the bridge to Centrals, Laidley going up the range to take on University, Lockyer hosting Mets at at Ropehill and Redbacks facing Highfields.
Division 2 match-ups
THE local 2nd Division competition is starting to take shape with Marburg/Mt Crosby Thunder undefeated on top of the ladder with 27 points.
Marburg/Mt Crosby are followed by Fassifern (23), Northsiders (16) and Redbacks (13).
Thunder have been impressive in dispatching champions Laidley in the first round and securing wins against Northsiders and Brothers.
Fassifern are also undefeated with wins over Northsiders and Laidley.
Laidley have slipped a little with some of their best players seconded to first grade this season, but still have a very solid player group that has made many finals together.
After a promising start, Northsiders suffered back-to-back losses and Redbacks are back in the mix after a vital win over struggling Centrals last weekend.
This competition has been the best grade over the past decade.
It is always tight and it is always difficult to predict a winner on some given days.
This season looks no different.
Thunder meet Fassifern in the next round in what could be a prelude to the one-day final on Walker Oval on November 18.
Timeless Northsiders veteran Andrew Walsh (156) leads openers Joel Gillett (142) and Scott Lavery (116) as the top rungetters so far.
Northsiders wily slow bowler Scott Fryer heads the wicket-takers with seven so far, ahead of seven bowlers on five wickets in this rain-affected season.
Thunder's level two girls team played their first match for the season last weekend. They were bowled out for 44 but then restricted Brothers White to just 4/101 off their mandatory 30 overs.
In the second innings they raced to 1/42 off just 10 overs in a better batting performance.
This week they take on Fassifern at Boonah.
It's great to see a full girls team mixing with the boys at that level, with plenty of fun and enjoyment to be had.
Usually you have a girl or two playing in a boys team so it's a big credit to Thunder in organising this team.
We wish them luck for the rest of the season.
SEQ U21 team has talent
THE O'Dea Shield, the Under 21 South Queensland Country tournament, takes place at Marsden Complex this weekend.
SEQ will play Darling Downs, Gold Coast and Wide Bay in limited over formats.
A South Queensland under-21 team will be selected tomorrow and that team will compete in the Schaeffer Shield in a fortnight at Buderim.
After that, the South Queensland U21 team will take on North Queensland.
From that match, a Queensland Country team will be selected for a tour of New Zealand in December.
The SEQ team has quality local first graders including Jordan Alegre, Matt Andrews, Lachlan Vellacott, Callum Winton and Damien Brandley.
Caleb White and Mick Conway are finding their feet in their first seasons of top grade so the team is definitely a strong chance to take out the trophy.
O'Dea Shield team SEQ Under 21s: Braydon Osbourne (Centrals), Jordan Alegre (Northsiders), Matt Andrews (Brothers), Robin Liney (Ipswich Logan), Caleb White (Centrals), Lachlan Vellacott (Centrals), Josh Ryan (Brothers), Lachlan Griffith (Brothers), Damien Brandley (Laidley), Brendon Ashton (Centrals), Callum Wilton (Northsiders), Michael Conway (Brothers), Toby Kerswell (Warehouse).