WHEN you share in a match-saving 212 run partnership with a rising young player, it's likely one of the major topics between overs would be cricket.
However, that wasn't the case for the wise and experienced Ipswich Logan Hornets opener Dan Wilson.
Wilson and Ipswich Grammar School student Harry Wood rescued the Hornets from a fragile 5/35 at Baxter Oval to help the team reach a handy 7/273 at stumps against Sandgate-Redcliffe.
Preparing for the second day of the Queensland Premier grade match on Saturday, Wilson provided a terrific insight into how the batsmen at different stages of their career kept focused.
"Harry was such a big influence at the other end as well,'' Wilson said.
"It always helps when you know you are happy with the partnership and it sort of helps you play within yourself.''
Wilson, 32, and 17-year-old year 12 student Wood are Broncos fans.
They used a rugby league analogy to guide them through the tough period before scoring a double century stand.
"We didn't talk about cricket much,'' said Wilson who scored 122 before being dismissed late in the day.
"Given we both love our footy, we spoke a lot about footy. Just little things like we have to defend a couple of hits on our own line and we'll get the ball back sort of thing.
"Just relating the pressure that you are under at the time into different scenarios.
"And that's one that we used a lot. You see footy sides have to absorb that pressure on their own line for five minutes or 10 minutes and we spoke a lot about those type of things.''
Left-handed player Wilson said it proved a successful ploy, helping his talented batting partner relax between overs.
"Harry is obviously young and sometimes it helps to just talk about something different in a different context I suppose,'' the former Souths cricketer said.
"Being in a first grade environment, I thought it might be an opportunity to take the pressure off.''
Wood remained 100 not out at stumps, having scored his terrific ton off the last ball of the day.
Wilson, in his second season with the Hornets, commended Wood for his mature approach in just his second top grade match for the team.
"Harry was unbelievable for a young guy,'' Wilson said, having played more than 200 matches with a highest score of 174.
"I can't give him enough praise really. He hardly played a bad shot and got his reward at the end of the day.''
Although joining Hornets opening partner Mitch Weatherhead in a 230 run stand against Wynnum last season, Wilson rated the latest effort among the most satisfying.
"We were quietly confident we could have a good year and then not to have a good start and fight back with a 17-year-old at the other end is probably one of the more important and enjoyable partnerships I've been involved in, definitely,'' Wilson said.
That was clearly what Wilson and his new ally Wood proved last weekend.
Hornets team spirit shines
CLEARLY a team-minded player, century-maker Dan Wilson was encouraged by the positive support from his Hornets colleagues.
"The sign of a good side generally is when you see so many guys happy for other people's success,'' Wilson said.
"I don't know that I've seen a group of guys as happy as they were for someone else when Harry (Wood) got his hundred on Saturday afternoon.''
With Harry's dad and Laidley club legend Peter watching, Wilson said the Hornets displayed fantastic team spirit.
"It was a really good game and enjoyable day for everyone,'' he said.
With a healthy score on the board, Wilson hopes the Hornets can capitalise early on Saturday when they put Sandgate-Redcliffe into bat.
"I think we'll probably look to bat on and get towards 300, maybe 300 plus,'' he said, expecting the new ball to provide some benefit. "If the wicket stays the same, we've certainly got the bowlers that can do the job and we'd have to be confident that we could have a good result.''
The Hornets also play Wests in Sunday's one-day clash at their home base at Amberley.
Saturday: Qld Premier Grade day two - Ipswich Logan Hornets resume on 7/273 against Sandgate- Redcliffe at Baxter Oval.
Sunday: Qld Premier Grade one-day match from 10am - Ipswich Logan Hornets v Wests. The Hornets lost last Sunday's opening one-day game against Gold Coast.