Aaron Nugter on his way to 22 opening the batting for Northsiders against Brothers.
Aaron Nugter on his way to 22 opening the batting for Northsiders against Brothers. Rob Williams

Centrals have runs on board

CENTRAL Districts will let their cricket do the talking in response to criticism of their approach against Laidley last week when their Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association Division One clash continues today.

Centrals resume at Bichel Oval on 7-199 after coming in for criticism from Laidley all-rounder Michael Sippel over their scoring rate of under 2.6 runs an over.

But Centrals remain in the hunt and are confident they can roll the competition leaders and keep their slim finals hopes alive.

“We’ll just play our own game,” Centrals top-order batsman Wayne Jones said.

“We’re still a chance (of making the semi-final).

“We’ve got to win our three games but in the form we’re in at the moment, I think we could.”

Centrals are confident they can set a total and bowl Laidley out today, having beaten the Blue Dogs in a trial at Bichel Oval a fortnight ago.

“We wiped the floor with Laidley so they know we can play,” Jones said.

While not wanting to pre-empt his captain Jason Verrall, Jones anticipated Centrals would chase quick runs this morning.

It is an opportunity they might not have had if Jones and his fellow top-order batsmen had thrown their wickets away recklessly.

“We’re pretty happy,” he said.

“It was no use us getting all out for 150.”

If Centrals can reach 250, Laidley will have to bat aggressively to make a game of it and with that comes risk, which is what Centrals are banking on.

“We’ll see what we can muster,” Jones said.

“Last week the pitch had a bit in it early on.

“Laidley can probably bat a little bit more aggressively.

“Mick (Sippel) is pretty aggressive when he comes out to bat.

“It is up to the others to bat as aggressively.”

Centrals are without pace spearhead Rhys O’Sullivan but Jones believes they still have the bowlers to do the job.

“As long as we get the ball in the right spot enough times, like Laidley did last week,” he said.

“We’ll get a few wickets.

“If we bowl enough good balls, we’ll get through them.

Northsiders were also criticised for their slow approach in compiling 9-201 against Brothers at Ivor Marsden 2.

But with a game to come against Swifts, they will just be happy to deny their top-three rivals any points they can today.

In the other match today, Strollers/Raiders appear to be cruising to outright victory over Swifts at Baxter Oval.

Swifts resume their second innings at 6-62, needing11 more runs to make Strollers/Raiders bat again.

Review in Monday’s QT.

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