Blue Dogs outclass Thunder
LAIDLEY has joined Swifts as the only undefeated team in the Division One cricket competition after two rounds.
With Northsiders' late withdrawal from the competition leaving the Thunder without a Round 2 opponent, Laidley was called in for a one-day match on day two of the round.
The Blue Dogs travelled to Tivoli for the clash on Saturday when Thunder captain Lee Mutzleberg won the toss and chose to bat first on the newly-laid wicket block.
With the wicket producing variable bounce, the Laidley bowlers quickly began dismantling the Thunder's top order.
Aaron Nugter showed some resistance on his way to 43 but his fellow batsmen struggled, with sundries (16) the second highest scorer.
Thunder was bowled out for 120 in the 41st over. Laidley paceman Michael Topp enjoyed the conditions on his return to the Blue Dogs, side taking two wickets (2-23) while spinner Alex Welsh claimed 3-35. Welsh (0) was then out in the first over of Laidley's run chase which could easily have become difficult if it weren't for a run-a-ball partnership between Travis Ilka (78) and Jason Cubit (22).
The pair added 61 for the second wicket with Ilka particularly brutal on the bowlers.
His 78 came at better than a run a ball, backing up his exceptional work behind the stumps.
Laidley's win came in just the 22nd over. It gave the Blue Dogs their second consecutive double bonus-point win.
The Ipswich Pioneers lost the opening game of their 2014-15 Webb Shield and Plunkett cup campaigns to the Gold Coast yesterday.
In the Webb Shield, Ipswich made 7-192 from its 50 overs with Gold Coast reaching the target in the 43rd over at Alberton.