Big wet washes away our sport

NO SPORT: The race meeting planned for Ipswich yesterday, along with all other outdoor sport over the weekend, was abandoned due to the rain.
NO SPORT: The race meeting planned for Ipswich yesterday, along with all other outdoor sport over the weekend, was abandoned due to the rain. Claudia Baxter

A CUT-DOWN Ipswich Logan Premier League match-up between Eastern Taipans and Laidley will become a dress rehearsal for the rescheduled final of the one-day competition.

The two teams were to start their two-day clash and play the one-day final on the weekend before both were washed out.

The two-day match will be reduced to a one-dayer on Saturday, as will all Ipswich and West Moreton fixtures from Premier League to third division.

The one-day final will be played on Sunday, February 10.

Despite now having a one-day match against their grand final opponents a week before the final, Eastern Taipans captain Nathan Fisher said he didn't think either side would gain significant advantage by the washout.

"I don't expect they'll make much difference between the two games," he said.

"It makes things interesting having the game cut down and against the same team we play in the final.

"You never know what'll happen though. Just because something happens on Saturday, doesn't mean it'll happen on Sunday."

Fisher said regardless of the outcome, qualifying for finals was a massive achievement for the Taipans.

"We're stoked to be in a final," he said.

"It's a big achievement for us as a team."

A win over Laidley in the two-day competition will see the Taipans jump into contention for a finals spot.

While beating Laidley over two days at Bichel Oval has proved beyond all-comers this season, Fisher believes his team is in with a big chance in one-day conditions.

"It probably does suit us a bit better to be playing a one-day game," Fisher said.

"We've had some good success in the one-day competition, knocking off the top team before.

"It could help us out."

The Taipans knocked off minor premiers Northsiders in the semi-final of the one-day competition, restricting them to only 61 runs.

Fisher said to beat Laidley, his bowlers would have to perform as well as they did in the semi and try to claim the early wicket of Laidley star batsmen Mick Sippel.

"It's just about batting and bowling well," Fisher said.

"If we can limit Sipp, we'll really put some pressure on them then.

"He's the key to their success.

"If you've got someone that can get 200 runs every week, you'll win more than you lose.

"It's the same in both competitions.

"If we can get him out early, we'll be in a good position."

The rain-shortened two-day game will be played at Bichel Oval, Laidley, on Saturday while the one-day final will be held at Baxter Oval in the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex.

WASHOUT

Day one of all Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association matches on Saturday washed out. All matches to be played as one-dayers on Saturday, February 2.

One-day finals scheduled for yesterday rescheduled for February 10 at the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex.

Topics:  eastern taipans, ipswich logan premier league, laidley blue dogs



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