Thrilling win: Why Hornets bowler praised
CRICKET: In a season where Ipswich/Logan batsman Levi Thomson-Matthews scored 200, senior player Dan Wilson declared another highlight in his team's latest victory.
Wilson praised fast bowler Adam Smith for a superb final over, a week after he blamed himself for a defeat in the Queensland Premier Cricket T20 competition.
"I was just happy for Adam personally. He wrongly felt responsible for our loss against University last weekend,'' Wilson said after Saturday's thrilling last-ball victory over Gold Coast at Baxter Oval.
"He bowled a couple of bad balls and he took that pretty badly.''
But on Saturday afternoon, the Hornets spearhead successfully denied Gold Coast the nine runs they needed from the last six balls.
"To his credit, Adam got it right in the last over yesterday. He couldn't have bowled a better over,'' Wilson said.
The crucial over started with a run out off and a Gold Coast four before Smith kept his cool to shut out the charging Gold Coast batsmen.
Smith finished with 2/41 off his four overs as Gold Coast fell one run short of a tie chasing the Hornets' 5/167.
Allrounder Nick De Giusti took 3/26 after opening the batting with Wilson.
"Nick just did what he always does,'' Wilson said.
"In the T20 format (where batsmen come after the bowlers), he never whinges, never complains. He just bowls.''
Wilson said the victory was a confidence boost for the Hornets players heading into the Christmas break.
With two wins from four matches, the Hornets can chase a semi-final spot when the T20 competition resumes early next month.
"It wasn't quite do-or-die in the Twenty 20 comp but there's four games left and to be a chance of going through, we probably need to win three of them,'' Wilson said.
In Saturday's game, Harry Wood topscored with 47, well supported by Dan's brother and new dad Anthony, who compiled 40 runs.
"We batted relatively well,'' said opener Dan, who scored 18 from 13 balls.
"We just lost our way in probably the last seven or eight overs. We were in a position to get 185.
"Gold Coast bowled pretty well.''
Wilson said the signs were positive for the Hornets having earlier made the one-day competition finals earlier in the season.
"We are starting to play some better cricket,'' the experienced batsman said.
The Hornets first win of the T20 competition was against Toombul the previous Saturday.
Their next game is against Sandgate/Redcliffe away on January 6.
State of play
Qld Premier Cricket first grade T20: Ipswich/Logan Hornets 5/167 (Harry Wood 47, Anthony Wilson 40) def Gold Coast 8/166 (Nick De Giusti 3/26, Adam Smith 2/41) at Baxter Oval.