Silver lining for Hornets after gritty draw
SECURING a draw after being in a winning position was far from a shattering result for the Ipswich/Logan Hornets.
However, the Hornets head to the Gold Coast for next weekend's two-day Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade match needing a second win of the season.
While disappointed with Saturday's draw against Toombul at Baxter Oval, senior Hornets player Dan Wilson said his side still had plenty to play for.
"With that early season washout, it (the table) is really congested,'' Wilson said.
"We're coming equal fifth (in the two-day competition).''
Wilson said that gave the Hornets extra incentive for their next match against Gold Coast at Bill Pippen Oval on Saturday and Sunday.
The latest match was a missed opportunity for the Hornets after Toombul's tail wagged on Saturday.
After being 9/262 at the start of play, Toombul batsmen Samuel Rowley (41 not out) and Daniel Cranitch (22 not out) lifted Toombul to 9/306 before declaring.
Although losing in-form opener Dan Wilson with just seven runs on the board, the Hornets gave themselves a chance of victory with Levi Thomson-Matthews and Brent Potbury at the crease.
Thomson-Matthews (72) and Potbury (32) put on a 100 run partnership before the Hornets hopes stumbled.
With the run rate climbing, the Hornets lost a cluster of quick wickets before Wood brothers Harry (41 not out) and Jack (27 not out) saw their team safely to a draw.
"We got in a position leading up to tea where we were sort of where we wanted to be,'' Wilson said, reflecting on the seesawing match.
"But we lost four or five wickets quite quickly and then early on in the last session, we shut up shop.''
Wilson said Toombul also stacked their field defensively to limit Hornets scoring potential.
"There was nothing really wrong with the wicket,'' he said. "The wicket was quite slow, it was quite flat.
"It wasn't hard to bat on. It was just difficult to score runs on.''
That was highlighted by Toombul batting for 102.4 overs.
"We probably were a little bit flat in the morning,'' he said. "We just expected to take the last wicket and bat again.
"They got a little bit of momentum.''
The Hornets finished 6/198 off 84.1 overs.
"We lost probably five wickets for about 30 runs and once you do that chasing 300, you are unlikely to get there,'' he said.
"So Harry and Jack did a really good job to see us through the afternoon.''