McGiffin-led Wests deny Hornets a perfect start
HORNETS coach Aaron Moore lamented missed opportunities in the field and "unlucky" dismissals at pivotal moments, as the Ipswich/Logan side fell to Wests at Baxter Oval yesterday.
A Steve McGiffin-led Wests chased down the Hornets' 8/218 with two overs to spare, ending the Ipswich Logan side's unbeaten start to the Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade season.
With Wests reeling at 3/9 and then 4/42, McGiffen's introduction to the crease righted the ship for the visitors.
He finished not out on 97 as the catalyst for a win the Hornets appeared destined to take away from Wests.
"We released a bit of pressure on them in the field at crucial times, and we needed probably one more partnership with the bat - we should have got more than what we did - but we showed some pretty good resolve," a retrospective Moore said this morning.
"We really pushed one of the top sides. If we execute a few things (better), we take another win."
Dan and Anthony Wilson started like a house on fire for the hosts, bringing up the half-century mark before the former was dismissed by Paddy Dooley.
From there, the Hornets struggled to find continuity at the crease.
"We just kept giving them wickets at a regular basis," Moore said.
"We were quite unlucky actually. (Lachlan Prince) was looking good, before he was caught down the leg side. Then Levi (Thomson-Matthews) was caught down the leg side again within two balls.
"Another 50+ partnership and you might have 250 and the game is in your hands.
"Two unlucky dismissals in one over and our momentum was gone. We struggled after that."
Harry Wood was again the shining light for the Hornets, piling on another 72 runs to go with scores of 78 and 81 in his previous two innings.
"He's in very good touch. He's showing good patience, and it really looks like he knows his game at the moment," Moore said.
Dan Wilson (31) showed he is close to breaking the shackles for a big total.
Despite the loss, the Hornets are still into their maiden First Grade finals campaign - finishing fifth at the conclusion of the shortened Limited Overs rounds. They will face Norths at Norths on Sunday.
Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade Limited Overs: University of Queensland 8/218 (S. McGiffin 97*, B. Maynard 52; B. Edwards 3-45, S. McGiffin 2-29) def. Ipswich/Logan Hornets 8/217 (H. Wood 72, D. Wilson 31; A. Smith 2-25, H. Wood 2-36) at Baxter Oval