Rain declaration took bit long for fraternity

TON CLUB: Central Districts opener Jason O’Sullivan is one cricketer to have hit a hundred for his club this summer.
TON CLUB: Central Districts opener Jason O’Sullivan is one cricketer to have hit a hundred for his club this summer. Rob Williams

"EVERYTHING in moderation" is often the catch phrase we use when we want to gauge the amount we need.

And while the sporting bodies were hoping for rain to refresh our playing fields, no one wanted the deluge that hit us last weekend.

Although Ipswich fared better than in 2011, some families and businesses suffered water invasion and ultimate loss, and the Ipswich Cricket fraternity feels for these people.

The impact of the rain on the sporting fields varied from complete submersion to minor water damage, leading to the cancellation of all cricket in Ipswich this weekend.

All Ipswich City Council-owned grounds were declared closed until further inspections are carried out.

Keith Sternberg Oval was completely flooded, Bichel Oval in Laidley also was water damaged and other fields were water-logged.

Hopefully, cricket fixtures in Ipswich can resume next Saturday with a rescheduling of some games to other grounds.

An Ipswich Cricket management committee meeting is set down for next Monday night and clubs are asked to refer to the MyCricket website to see any changes in ground allocations.


Rotation confusion

I DON'T know whether it is just me, but I struggle to understand the selection processes for the Aussie cricket teams.

I know there is a lot more cricket played than in the past and there are more forms of cricket, but I always thought consistency and stability were required to mould a team into a strong playing unit.

I have to scratch my head when I read the team list and ask myself "Who is this bloke?"

I would have thought with all the competitions played in all forms of the game in the domestic season, the selectors could come up with a team for each form and stick with it.

Players need to learn to bat in partnerships, and the only way to do this is by batting regularly with a player.

Bowlers need to develop confidence and the chance to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of batsmen and you don't do this by playing a game every now and then.

There was a time when it was harder to get out of the Australian side than to get in it.


Funding India

THE Indian Tour Party will hold a number of functions to raise funds in coming weeks.

Players in the squad would appreciate support from all clubs and the community at large to ensure future tours become a regular part of Ipswich cricket.

A greyhound night function is planned for Saturday, February 16 at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Admission of $5 goes directly to the tour fund and eight races are available to be sponsored.

Tickets can be purchased on the night outside the gate.

For further information, contact Troy Noe on 0424194271.

A race day fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at the Ipswich Turf Club.

Tickets can be purchased for $65, which includes admission, race book, reserved table seating adjacent to the mounting yard, buffet lunch and sweets, beer, wine and soft drinks. A Punters' club and other fund raising activities will be run during the afternoon.

Sponsorship of the races is available and table packages for 10 can be arranged.

For further information, contact David Richardson on 0438 351 152.


Star Performers

Eighteen batsmen have scored centuries in local fixtures this season.

Stumps Premier League

  • Michael Sippell (Laidley): 151*, 131*and 117*
  • Gurmukh Manghera (Centrals): 146
  • Jason O'Sullivan (Centrals): 100*
  • Luke Barrett (Centrals): 103*
  • Tim Wichura (Northsiders): 105
  • Greg Jeffers (Taipans): 100

1st Grade

  • Matthew Muller (Thunder): 102*
  • Aaron Nugter (Northsiders): 112*
  • Jarid Greisbach (Taipans): 101*

2nd Grade

  • Kel Janke (Thunder): 117
  • Dean Claydon (Northsiders): 103*
  • Dean Micaleff (Taipans): 104
  • Aaron Katt (Centrals): 107*

3rd Grade

  • Lawrence Stanley (Swifts): 102

Under 16

  • Keegan Martin (Brothers): 131*
  • Ryan Benson (Northsiders): 102*
  • Luke Muggeridge (Taipans): 100*
  • Jordan Alegre (Northsiders): 100*

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