Captain's unbeaten ton helps Taipans strike
EASTERN Taipans captain Brodie Dwyer found the perfect time to score his first hundred since 2007.
After his team toiled hard to beat Swifts on the first innings in the previous game, Dwyer led the way against Thunder on Saturday.
The experienced left-hander was 124 not out batting at number three, helping his team reach 206 at Tivoli.
Taipans' ever-consistent fast bowler Vaughan Oldham snared 3/28 off eight overs as Thunder finished the day's play at 4/54.
"I'll be bitterly disappointed if we don't go ahead now and win the match, and get into a strong position to win the match outright,'' Dwyer said.
Dwyer said it was first century in the Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association two-day competition having been dismissed in the nineties a few times.
He previously played for the Ipswich Hornets and in the Brisbane competition before joining the Taipans last season.
"It was my first ever, first grade cricket, two-day hundred,'' Dwyer said.
Dwyer hit 15 fours and four sixes in his outstanding 212 ball innings.
The captain welcomed batting support from Steve Toohey (33) and rising talent Matt Andrews, who scored a "well composed'' 21.
"I'm pretty happy,'' he said, keen to build on what his team has set.
"We've just got to get more consistent.
"We're rebuilding our team now after a few losses last year.
"We're training the house down and just trying to get as fit as we possibly can. We know we are a little bit understrength.''
In the match at Bichel Oval, Laidley were 2/48 at stumps after bowling Swifts out for 134.
Both teams are coming off first round losses in the two-day competition.
Captain Alex Welsh (4/26), Jackson McQuilty (3/23) and Ben Gibson (2/44) kept Swifts in check during their 63 overs at the crease on Saturday.
Swifts opener Joel Hall was the only batsman to score more than 30 runs.
The first division matches continue on Saturday before the Christmas break.