Champs again

IPSWICH'S over-30 indoor cricketers have proven that desire doesn't necessarily wane over time.

Ipswich quartet Kerryn Graham, Donna Dalby, Jodie Spall and Kylie Heinrich (pictured) combined to guide Queensland to its eighth national over-30 indoor cricket title in nine years in South Australia recently.

Graham and Dalby were named in the Australian merit team, with Graham rewarded for a fine display of bowling throughout.

"It was probably the best I've bowled," Graham said.

"We more or less try to bowl straight and on a good length. It creates more wickets."

After an opening loss to NSW, their only defeat of the tournament, Queensland beat their arch rivals three times, including the semi-final and final (127-112).

"It always helps playing NSW," Graham said.

"In the first game they beat us by a couple of runs.

"We just improved each game and gelled quite well.

"We tend to do it every year after starting off a bit slow. It might be a little bit of nerves maybe to begin."

With four titles to her name, Graham is keen for a fifth next year.

There is also the 2013 World Cup in Sri Lanka looming but Graham isn't expecting a call-up.

"I'm just proud and happy to play for Queensland," she said.

"It's a good week away and I just love to play.

"Playing for Queensland is just an honour I guess.

"If I did get picked in the Australian team, it would be a bonus."

In the men's over-30 competiton, Ipswich product Brendan Kleidon also enjoyed some well-deserved success.

Last year Kleidon played for Northern Queensland, which finished third, and watched on as Queensland claimed the title.

He made the Queensland team this year and proved his point with a man-of-the-match display in the final win over NSW.

"I was pretty happy with that," the 32-year-old apprentice printer said. "I did a bit of everything.

"Bowled well all week and batted well."

It was a dominant display by the Queenslanders, who went through undefeated and only endured a couple of close finishes. The final was not one of them. Queensland restricted NSW to 68 before cruising to 116 to claim the title. "It did end up pretty easy because they sort of gave up once we'd passed their score," Kleidon said.

He expects a tougher challenge next year making the Australia over-30 men's team to contest the world cup.

"Hopefully I can keep myself fit and playing good cricket," the Raceview resident said.

In the over-45s, Ipswich's Steve Wilson and Lee Morphew had to settle for third after getting knocked out of the finals by Victoria and champions NSW.

"NSW were the best side there," Wilson said.

"They were very strong. Not making the final was disappointing."

The Karana Gardens 48-year-old was grateful to be playing, having been called in as a late replacement from the shadow squad.

Wilson has won about 10 national titles previously.

With some friends in the NSW team, he was happy enough to see them take a title after a drought of 17 years.



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