Record feast reflects Ipswich cricket quality
AFTER my 200th first grade match last week, it is the start of a period of record-breaking and achievements in local cricket.
David Richardson will play his 200th game for Brothers today, his 220th overall.
He is currently fourth on the all-time wicket-takers list with 596.
Richardson is one of the great spinners Ipswich has produced. He is probably the second best player Brothers player has produced over their 116 years of history if CYMS in the top grade is included with Kev Kinnane ahead of him.
He was retaken the reins again this season after he led them for almost a decade in the 2000s, which included winning the 2004 grand final against Redbank Plains.
Craig Mackay will play his 150th game tomorrow for Brothers. He will be the fifth to do so joining Richardson, Luke Dixon, Kinnane and Trevor Sanewski.
Mackay has forged a good record, especially in one day cricket with nagging line and length.
He has some of the best one day bowling figures of all-time, including two "six fours”. Only Laidley's Ben Gibson, with three, is ahead of him.
Dixon is just four catches behind Brothers 1980's wicketkeeper Peter Timms' association record of 240 catches He has 85 stumpings, only 10 behind the record held by Edgar Watson, who was Ipswich's great keeper at the beginning of the 20th century.
His brother Leon has the association wicket-taking record of 733 victims.
Laidley champion allrounder Michael Sippel passed 451 wickets last Saturday. Sippel is only three behind Northsiders' great allrounder Grant Stallard, who is currently 10th on the all-time list.
Brendan O'Keeffe will also play his 150th game for Laidley today.
He is one of the most under-rated batsmen in Ipswich cricket. He is 25th on the all-time rungetters list with 4564 runs at an average of 30.
O'Keeffe has been at the other end when most of the Laidley records have been set by their fantastic batsmen.
In most other eras, he would be seen as a great bat for any particular club but such has been Laidley's success since about 2004 that he has regularly been overshadowed.
Jason Cubit has played 197 games for Laidley. He will be their first player to break the 200 game barrier in a few weeks. He is just 37 runs shy of 4000 and will be the 35th player to pass that mark.
Northsiders left-handed spearhead Kevin Cumming (282 wickets at 14.3) is edging his way to 300 wickets.
Laidley's captain Alex Welsh has 187 wickets at an average of 11.6.
Rob Hillier is on 146 games. He looks to have found his mojo again after a season off.
Nick Vellacott will return to play for Centrals tomorrow against Laidley for his 100th game for Centrals.
Every team will play two matches this weekend in the Harding-Madsen Shield competition.
It's D Day for Northsiders if they want to make the finals again. They had an unfortunate washout against Highfields along with a few close losses.
They might have to win every game from here to make it but it isn't beyond them as they have an accomplished batting line-up and great bowling line-up.
Brothers, after two surprising heavy defeats at home, have away games at Redbacks and Highfields to get their campaign back on track.
South East Redbacks will have those games to flex their sizable muscle and show the competition they are a serious contender.
Their bowling looks great with Vaughan Oldham and gifted allrounder Cameron Wood completed by swingmen Ray Coleman and Russell Clarkson. Brodie Dwyer and Joel Hall head a talented young batting list.
Centrals, after the remarkable win against red-hot and undefeated Diggers, face the other unbeaten teams Mets and Laidley District.
Promising offspinning allrounder Matt Guest is unavailable this weekend as he is captaining SEQ under 21s at Hervey Bay.
Leaders Laidley will host Highfields today, travelling to Limestone Park in Ben O'Connell's first game against his former side in the match of the round tomrrow.
Meanwhile, this week's T20 game will be Strollers' first match back in any competition. They play Brothers at Baxter Oval.
Strollers have had a long and successful history and it will great to see many of their old clubmen make the trip out to Amberley on Monday night.
Brothers will be slight favourites but the old but skilled Strollers players are sure to have plenty of spirit.
Harding-Madsen Shield one-day matches involving Ipswich sides this weekend (10am starts).
Today: South East Redbacks v Brothers at Redbank Plains; Laidley v Highfields (Toowoomba) at Bichel Oval; Northsiders v University at Keith Sternberg Oval; Centrals v Metropolitan Easts at Harristown Park, Toowoomba.
Tomorrow: Centrals v Laidley at Mark Marsh Oval; South East Redbacks v Northsiders at Redbank Plains; Brothers v Highfields at Highfields Sports Park, Toowoomba.
Latest points: Harding Madsen Cup - 1. Laidley District 16, 2. Central Districts 14, 3. Northern Brothers Diggers 14, 4. Metropolitan Easts 14, 5. Western Districts 14, 6. South East Redbacks 10, 7. University SQ 9, 8. Brothers 7, 9. Northsiders 4, 10. Highfields Railway 2.
2nd Division: Laidley 35, Northsiders 20, Redbacks 18, Thunder 10, Centrals, 10, Brothers 10, Fassifern 10.
3rd Division: Thunder Storm 31, Northsiders 22, Centrals 20, Brothers White 18, Redbacks Black 12, Redbacks White 11, Brothers 10, Laidley 10, Fassifern 8, Redbacks Red 6, Greater Springfield 2, Thunder Bolts 2.