Blue Dogs talent pool overflows
THEY'VE already had a guest appearance from run machine Brian May this year - as if they needed his help.
Now Ipswich Division 1 champions Laidley have added another high quality player in Andrew McIntosh.
McIntosh is a former Brisbane Norths all-rounder who joined the Bluedogs this year after some time away from the game.
He initially played 3rd grade to help out a team short on numbers.
McIntosh made 200 that day and it appears the Bluedogs have rekindled his passion.
Last weekend he showed the other string to his bow, claiming 5-26 in the top division as Laidley moved into a commanding position against Central Districts at Mark Marsh Oval.
"Apparently he played a lot of cricket for Norths but has had a few years off," Laidley fast bowler Michael Topp said.
"Turns out he bowls decent leggies.
"In Ipswich there aren't too many leg-spinners who land it."
The Bluedogs already boast top-shelf tweakers in Ged Sippel and Alex Welsh to compliment their pace battery of Ben Gibson, Topp, Mick Sippel and Terry Emmerson.
Emmerson will sub in for week two of the current match with Topp off to Cairns for the weekend.
The surveyor took just one wicket last weekend, with fellow opener Gibson having a rare wicketless outing.
But such is Laidley's bowling strength they were able to call on Sippel (4-28) and McIntosh to dismiss Centrals for 146.
"Centrals toughed it out and we ground out the wickets," Topp said.
Today it is the depth of Laidley's batting that will be tested.
Resuming opener Jason Cubit (52 not out) is the man in form but Topp has full confidence in those who will follow to get the job done.
"I Imagine the first spell will be pretty tough," Topp said.
"If we can get through that it shouldn't be too bad."
While Laidley have benefited from the appearance of seasoned veterans like May and McIntosh, their own youth production line shows no signs of letting up.
"We've got young Todd Dennien (3 not out), who has come up through the ranks," Topp said of his team's second drop, who will resume Laidley's innings with Cubit today.
"He's 18 or 19 now."
Topp, arguably the quickest bowler in Ipswich, has yet to find his groove fully this season.
Though his five wickets have come at an impressive average of just 16, his weekend in Cairns might be just the key to releasing his best.
"I'm getting better," he said.
"I've been bowling alright.
"Playing Saturday and Sunday (representing Ipswich the past two Sundays in the Webb Shield) has been really tiring. I haven't felt that consistency yet."
GAME DAY FIXTURES
IWMCA, Division 1, Round 4, Day 2
- Centrals (146) v Laidley (2-63) at Mark Marsh Oval
- Northsiders (112) v Taipans (65 & 1-6) at Keith Sternberg Oval
- Swifts (150) v Thunder (8-65) at Ivor Marsden 4
- Brothers: bye
Matches resume at 12pm
Ipswich Logan v Sandgate Redcliffe (Round 7, Day 1)
- 1st grade: away at Deagon
- 2nd grade: home at Len Johnson Oval
- 3rd grade: away at Deagon