Jets crash in battle for crown

IPSWICH couldn’t seal ultimate success in its first season of premier winter warehouse cricket, losing the grand final by two wickets to Pine Rivers on Sunday.

Minor premiers Ipswich were favourites to win but a rained-out day one on Saturday at Marchant Park levelled the playing field.

The Jets were further disadvantaged when put into bat first on Sunday and were bundled out for 92.

“The pitch was a little wet and the outfield was wet,” Jets opening batsman Wayne Jones said.

Jones was dismissed for a duck as Ipswich slumped to 4-2, before Nathan Fisher (38) and Steven Doyle (20) provided some resistance.

“If our top four had done the job and batted an hour, we might have been right,” Jones said.

“I drove one straight to mid-off. It held up in the pitch but I’ve played enough to know how to play in the wet.

“I shouldn’t have been driving.”

Fisher came in for no such criticism.

“Nathan played a really great innings,” Jones said. “One of the best I’ve seen.”

In reply, Ipswich needed one of their pacemen to tear a hole in the Pine Rivers batting order but it wasn’t to be.

Regan Flaws (2-28), Steven Heise (1-30) and Jordan Johnson (2-15) all contributed without taking the bag of wickets required to win the game.

It was only when Allan Doyle (3-30) introduced his spin that Ipswich thought they might be a chance. “We were always behind the eight-ball,” Jones said.

“Allan Doyle got a few to make it a bit tight but then a couple of big hits got them across the line.”

While devastated to lose a grand final, Jones enjoyed playing for the new Ipswich team. “In the end we had a pretty good season,” Jones said.

“I’d never really played with Steven Heise while the Kiwi (Flaws) is obviously a cut above the rest of us. We had our ups and downs but it’s a good bunch of guys. It was a good experience for me. I’d never played winter cricket before.

“It was a good little stepping stone to getting a team into the Brisbane (grade) competition.”