Deserved milestone for 'great asset' cricketer
EXPERIENCED Ipswich/Logan cricketer Dan Wilson was delighted to see his humble opening partner achieve the club's first 200 run milestone.
Having shared in a 231 run stand with Levi Thomson-Matthews, Wilson (94) was impressed with what he was watching from the other end.
"I don't think he played a bad shot in the whole five or six hours that he batted from Saturday afternoon right through to we walked off with 200 not out,'' Wilson said.
"It's been threatening to happen for a fair while for him.
"It's just great to see him be able to get it.
"It was great to be at the other end when he got his first hundred for the club and then went on and got another one in the afternoon.''
Wilson recalls scoring 170 in a one-day game last season for the Hornets but was positive Thomson-Matthews had set a new standard.
"There's been a few 150s but no one has got a 200 before,'' Wilson said, thrilled like every-one in the team who willed on Thomson-Matthews.
Former Hornets coach Geoff Paulsen agreed Sunday's knock was a record-breaking innings.
Having been with the club since its early days, Paulsen recalled Dan's brother Anthony compiling 157 against Sandgate.
The former coach also remembers a Second Grade Hornets batsman making 170.
"But other than that, in first grade that's definitely the highest,'' he said of Thomson-Matthews' latest effort.
Paulsen shared in the Hornets' excitement having worked with the left-handed opener for a number of years before standing down at the end of last season.
"That's excellent,'' Paulsen said of seeing a fine Hornets cricketer rewarded.
"It couldn't happen to a better bloke.
"He puts so much effort in around the team and at training so he's just a great asset.''