ELITE COMPANY: Former Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association stalwart Craig Cumming was the last batsman to achieve a special batting feat.
ELITE COMPANY: Former Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association stalwart Craig Cumming was the last batsman to achieve a special batting feat. David Nielsen

Exciting season ahead for cricket fans

IT is going to be a busy cricket season for players and viewers being an Ashes year.

Much has happened in the off-season, with a new agreement for top level players especially Sheffield Shield players and women's cricketers.

They have a longer Big Bash competition, to go with longer seasons in Brisbane grade and continuation of the Ipswich and Toowoomba one day competition.

There's plenty of cricket for the fanatics and cricket tragics alike.

The season has already started for some.

Ipswich Logan Hornets have launched their sixth season.

After finishing fifth in a 12 team competition last season, they will hoping to make that small jump to play in the finals.

The Hornets have been bolstered by batsmen Levi Thomson-Matthews (transfer from Wests) and young legspinner Harry Macoun (from Souths), covering for the loss of talented allrounder Amila Weththasinghe.

The Hornets have traditionally been slow starters in the one-day competitions and this season is no different.

The first team have had their colours lowered against two tough opponents so far, while the second graders reversed the trend.

The Hornets' second team smashed 302 in their win over Norths with Brent Potbury returning to form with 127 not out.

Today, the Hornets will have to step up their game again perennial finalists University away at St Lucia, before hosting Sandgate- Redcliffe tomorrow.

Wilson's amazing feat

HORNETS opener Dan Wilson has been a standout already with some amazing batting performances in Brisbane Premier Grade.

Wilson has started with a run-a-ball 117 against Valleys and followed it up with 161 off 131 against Norths, a state class bowling attack last week.

In the last Hornets' trial game, Wilson's first match for the season against Souths at Laidley in Mick Brennan Memorial Match, he scored 101 not out.

On top of that, he also scored 132 against Valleys in the last round of last season.

Four centuries on the trot is amazing feat in any form of cricket.

To do it a highest grade level is even more remarkable. He now has 22 hundreds in Brisbane cricket, which is in the top echelon.

Wilson started out at Laidley in 1999 as a 15 year old before moving to South Brisbane in 2001 and debuting in first grade the following season.

He coached Souths before transferring here to do the same at the Hornets from 2015/16.

He was in most Queensland underage teams as a junior but has, so far, been unlucky not to have played for the state yet.

After watching, the Queensland top order at Buderim last week fall to 6/76 against South Australia and 5/13 in 10 overs against Tasmania, maybe he should get that call soon.

Comparatively, in the Ipswich competition, only 22 players have managed to score consecutive centuries in 125 seasons.

Craig Cumming was the last to do so this feat back in 2011 in his Taipans' days.

Only incomparable super bat Brian May can claim to be better with seven tons on end across the end of 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. He has achieved the feat of consecutive hundreds 11 times.

The next best was the Malcolm "Mo" Biggs, a Queensland representative in both rugby league and cricket, with four times.

Northsiders' legendary allrounder Grant Stallard followed with three.

Inspiring next generation

DAN Wilson will have no doubt inspired Hornets underage players too.

With Ipswich having a Brisbane Grade team now for the past six years, it has opened up a pathway for the talented cricketers to play for Queensland, especially in the underage teams.

Harry Wood has been rewarded for this brilliant first season in grade cricket with a Queensland Bulls contract.

He is unable to bowl at the moment due Queensland Cricket restrictions as he recovers from off-season ankle surgery.

His addition to the crease, will no doubt give the Hornets a more balanced attack.

In the state's underage development squads, the Hornets are also well represented.

In the under 19 squad, Macoun is joined by Ben Maynard, Liam Dean and Lachlan Prince.

Maynard was a prolific centurymaker in junior cricket for Central Districts, managed a handful of games in the top grade last season.

Dean, who has moved to Hornets from Laidley District this season, is an aggressive fast bowler and will be vital cog in the pace stocks.

Prince, an aggressive bat who played for Northern Brothers Diggers club in Toowoomba, has also joined Hornets this season.

In the under 17 squad, Will Trigar and Tom Carney will represent Ipswich based club.

Last season, Trigar played for Northsiders in 2nd Grade and Hornets 3rd Grade and Taverners teams. Carney was the leading wicket-taker in Taverners grade.

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