Ipswich Hornets bowler Adam Smith toils hard against Sandgate Redcliffe at Baxter Oval.
Ipswich Hornets bowler Adam Smith toils hard against Sandgate Redcliffe at Baxter Oval. Rob Williams

Early lesson for Hornets bowlers

THE Ipswich Logan Hornets could do little but watch in frustration as Sandgate-Redcliffe capitalised on the best batting conditions to secure a first innings victory.

It was a disappointing start to the Queensland Premier grade two-day competition after the Hornets had worked so hard to set a decent target at Baxter Oval.

The visitors reached 3/299 off 73 overs, chasing the Hornets' 7/298 (declared).

Playing in today's one-day match against Wests at the same field, captain/coach Geoff Paulsen said his team didn't handle Saturday's conditions as well as they could have.

"I'm not going to blame the wicket but the wicket was a lot better than last week to bat on,'' he said.

"We've still got a bit to work on, executing our bowling.

"On good wickets, it was just a little bit out. We probably bowled a little bit short and gave them plenty of boundary shots.''

Paulsen said left-arm leg spinner Jack Wood bowled well without much luck.

Despite being unable to defend 300, Paulsen said his team has to stay positive after some promising signs in their season opener.

"We just have to keep working on what they are doing well, for longer periods basically,'' the coach said.

He's keen to keep the core of the team together.

"We probably won't change too much but we might look at going in with another bowler,'' he said.

The Hornets' next match is another two-dayer against Wests starting on Saturday.

Chasing 5/297 against the same club in today's rain-affected 50 over game, the Hornets were 8/217 when they ran out of overs.

Paulsen was Hornets' top scorer with 74.



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