Bowlers grasp chance to shine
A DAMP and overcast day meant bowlers in the Ipswich and West Moreton cricket competition were licking their chops at the prospect of bowling on Saturday.
Swifts paceman Cameron Wood was one who took full advantage of the bowling-friendly conditions at Ivor Marsden No.2.
Wood at one stage had the incredible figures of 3-0 off six overs as Swifts rolled Brothers for 131 on the opening day of their first division clash.
Swifts went on to make 5-73 at stumps, but with conditions expected to improve for batting next weekend, the visitors could be looking at just their third win of the season.
Wood, who finished with the figures of 3/6 off nine overs, said he couldn't wait to get stuck into Brothers' top-order.
"It was muggy all day and swung around a heap," Wood said.
"After winning the toss and sending them in, we knew we had to capitalise on our opportunities.
"I was swinging the ball a long way, still I never thought I would ever bowl seven maidens in nine overs."
Although Wood's sharp in-swingers proved highly effective, Anthony Fowler was just as destructive taking three wickets, while Adam Broadhead cleaned up the tail.
Swifts got off to a flyer in their first innings, reaching 2-50 before the introduction of spin brought a tumble of wickets before stumps.
Having only beaten the Thunder this season, Wood said the Swifts were desperate to add another scalp to their list and keep their slim finals hopes alive.
"Hopefully the pitch will be hard and dry next weekend to give us a good chance of putting some runs on the board," he said.
Meanwhile, 22 wickets fell for just 203 runs on a remarkable first day at Strollers Cricket Ground.
Vaughan Oldham was the chief destroyer for the Eastern Taipans.
He claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season as the Thunder were skittled for 70 in response to the home side's 118.
The Thunder was 2-15 in its second innings after the Taipans forced the follow-on.