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Tigers push hard for Swift victory

EYE CATHCING: Alex Bonner impressed for Swifts against Northsiders last weekend.
EYE CATHCING: Alex Bonner impressed for Swifts against Northsiders last weekend. Rob Williams

NORTHSIDERS can continue their climb up the Ipswich Logan Premier League ladder against Swifts today.

The premiers resume at 113, chasing Swifts' 160 at Ivor Marsden 1.

Marcus Hillier is on 49 not out, tantalisingly close to his first 50 since the opening round this season.

Brendan Forwood (43) is the other not out batsman.

"The plan is just to try and get the runs," Hillier said. "If the ball's there to hit, then hit it.

"We'll just bat normally.

"We score fast enough as it is."

Rather than declare on getting the runs, if they do, Northsiders are more likely to keep Swifts in the field, get a big total and try and bowl them out late in the day if an outright result is on offer.

Hillier hopes to cash in, having found some form.

"Against Laidley I batted all right but I've been a bit scratchy in the other games," he said. "I've probably gone about it the wrong way.

"I've gone out thinking I had to hit the ball straight away."

A bit of luck last weekend was the catalyst for Hillier to regain his touch.

"I think it was the first time I've been dropped in three years," he said.

"Once I got to 10, I felt good."

If there was one Swifts player to impress last week it was young all-rounder Alex Bonner.

"He batted well and looks like not a bad kid," Hillier said.

"He batted at nine or 10 and made 20-odd not out (24).

"He bowls straight and full."

GAMEDAY

  • Swifts (160) v Northsiders at Ivor Marsden 1
  • Laidly (7-219) v Centrals at Bichel Oval.

Topics:  ipswich logan premier league, northsiders tigers, swifts bluebirds




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