Buoyant Bichel is on song
HAVING enjoyed his first taste of Brisbane first grade cricket, Jarrod Bichel wants more.
Bichel played for Ipswich Logan, which beat Wests in the Brisbane premier competition, over the past two weekends.
He scored 22 valuable runs and took one wicket, trapping his cousin and former Laidley teammate Andrew Tazelaar lbw.
"He was a bit cranky," Bichel revealed.
It was a crucial wicket as Tazelaar and his partner at the crease at the time, fellow Ipswich product Luke Pollock, were building a dangerous partnership.
Bichel was happy how he bowled in the heat, admitting it was a learning curve.
"Steve Paulsen and Aaron Nye were pretty tough to bowl to," Bichel said of Wests' leading batsmen. "I just try to bowl as many dot balls as I can.
"It was a pretty hot day. I wasn't bowling flat-out straight away."
Before his innings with the bat, Bichel was more nervous.
Batting at number eight, he proved he has the temperament to succeed, taking his time and playing himself in.
His 49-run stand with Worrin Williams (95) took the Hornets past 200 and into a winning position, before he was run out.
"I was really nervous," Bichel said. "I was out there for a while.
"I faced about 100 balls.
"That is what the coach (Brad Wigney) wanted us to do."
Wests were without Queensland Bulls player and former Ipswich Grammar School student Cameron Gannon but were well served by former Marburg and Eastern Taipans quick Mark Lehmann.
"He bowled well with nice, tight lines," Bichel said.
Bichel may have been expected to feel comfortable in his surrounds, given he was so familiar with many of the Ipswich-raised opposition.
But he thinks it actually worked against him.
"It was probably harder in my first game," he said. "There was a bit of pressure there."
Having already achieved his season goal of playing first grade, Bichel now plans on making it a regular occurrence.
Bichel is enjoying his time with the Hornets, even if it means working harder than he was used to previously.
"There is a lot more net bowling, getting match fitness," he said.
"Plus fielding and everything else too. You're expected to pick up the ball cleanly and take little half-chances and turn them into chances."
He is not sure if he has done enough to retain his spot in the top grade for this weekend's clash with the Sunshine Coast at Beenleigh. "I hope so," Bichel said.
"The coach seemed pretty happy with my batting in the first innings. I've worked on my batting a fair bit."