Gutsy bowling effort has Centrals on top

KEY WICKET: Centrals bowler Alex Dell claimed the important scalp of Laidley skipper Alex Welsh.
KEY WICKET: Centrals bowler Alex Dell claimed the important scalp of Laidley skipper Alex Welsh. David Nielsen

CENTRALS skipper Wayne Jones has cautioned his side have "only done half the job” after limiting a high-powered Laidley line-up to just 130 runs on Saturday.

In a rematch of last season's Ipswich two-day competition grand final, Laidley appeared in control of the contest sitting on 3/86 at lunch.

But an inspired bowling and fielding performance on a blistering hot day opened the door for the underdog Centrals.

"It was a great bowling and fielding performance from our boys, on a hot day with a flat pitch and against a good batting line-up, it was a great effort to get through them,” Jones said.

Jones praised the impact of Alex Dell and Matthew Guest either side of the lunch break.

"(Laidley) could have gotten to 250, on a 'road' with tiring bowlers, so it was a sensational effort,” Jones said.

"Guesty (Matt Guest) getting Ben O'Connell out and Dell getting Alex Welsh out were the key wickets that seemed to open the door for us.”

Set 131 to win, Centrals moved to 3/33 by stumps with play to resume this Saturday.

Jones finished the day on 22 not out and would appear to be the key player to lead Centrals to victory.

But with the skipper unavailable for day two, the duties will fall on the rest of the Centrals' line-up to upset the Laidley applecart.

"I'm not available, so our eight batters will need to find 98 runs between them,” Jones said.

"It will be a difficult task, but I'm sure those guys will be determined to get that win. It will be a good experience for us to knock off that total.”

Jones put his side's chances of winning at "maybe 55/45 (Centrals/Laidley)”.

"We need to bat well, we've only done half the job,” Jones said. "(Laidley) are always a barometer, because they have so many great players in that side.

"We have a lot of confidence at the moment because of our one-day form.

"A win here would top it off, to know how to win these tight games.”

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