Crunch time for finals hopefuls

IT'S the last fixture round of cricket for most teams.

Another season of toil and grind is coming to an end.

In first grade this weekend, Brothers travel to Limestone Park and face a Centrals outfit that is keen to avenge their T20 grand final loss.

The winner of this game will probably go through to meet the Eastern Taipans in the semi-final.

After a shaky start to the season, Brothers have lost only one game since November - the one-day grand final.

In typical Brothers' fashion, they have found ways to win from difficult situations.

Centrals have lost only two matches all season - both to Laidley.

Last weekend, they almost forced an outright over a resolute Thunder on a very placid pitch especially on the Sunday.

The bowling line-ups of both teams are good so there will probably be a result.

The top two teams play at Laidley.

After their crushing T20 win, Laidley will be confident against the Taipans who suffered a bad outright loss last game to Swifts.

Taipans' form has been up and down with great wins interspersed with heavy losses.

Englishman Louis Gegg will need his chargers to be switched on if they are to stop the rampaging Bluedog outfit.


Lower grade battles

SECOND Grade offers some exciting prospects this weekend, specifically the Marsden Complex at Amberley.

Centrals have a 1.44 point lead over Fassifern in the race for third.

That is a 144 run or six wicket lead.

Centrals play Brothers on Marsden No.2.

On Marsden No.1, Fassifern is up against Thunder.

An outright will probably be needed to determine third place.

If the Kookaburras and Bushrangers only get first innings wins, Northsiders could trump them all with an outright win over Swifts on Marsden No.4.

Laidley are in the grand final.

Taipans are on a nine game unbeaten run so their match will give bragging rights to the winner in a potential final match-up.

In third grade, Laidley are again in the grand final.

Their rival will probably be determined today with Centrals taking on Fassifern at Boonah.

Centrals are six points behind and must win.

Fassifern probably need to win as well as they finish their season with Laidley.

In fourth grade, Brothers will take on Thunder in the final in three weeks regardless of these last two weekend results.


Jack's spin mastery

LEFT hand wrist spin is the darkest of bowling arts, which few have mastered.

On Monday night in the T20 final, Jack Wood turned the game Laidley's way after he bamboozled Centrals' middle order.

He netted 3/5 of his last three overs in a man-of the-match performance.

Keith Snr's fine effort

THE sporting life of Ipswich baseball icon Keith Suthers Snr was celebrated this week.

That included his contribution to cricket.

Suthers played baseball for Queensland via the Musketeers club and also cricket for the Ipswich representative team in the Slade Shield days of the 1950s and 1960s.

Suthers had a very good throwing arm, which translated into him being a fast bowler for Brothers between 1955 and 1963.

In his era, many first grade cricketers were talented enough to make it to a high representative level in other codes, which seems nearly impossible to do these days.

His passing is a loss for the Ipswich sporting community.


Key stats

  • Keith Suthers Snr's cricket career.
  • Bowling: 195 wickets - average 15.26, economy 2.97, strike rate 30.86, 10 x 5 innings, 2 x 10 innings in a match. Best: 7/38 v East Ipswich at North Ipswich Cricket Reserve, Feb 1957.
  • Batting: 853 runs at 12.92. Highest score: 72no v Railways, Sept 1958.

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