Hornets' 'bread and butter'

FRONT FOOT: Ipswich Hornets bowler Harry Macoun sends one down against Sunshine Coast at Baxter Oval on Saturday.
FRONT FOOT: Ipswich Hornets bowler Harry Macoun sends one down against Sunshine Coast at Baxter Oval on Saturday. Rob Williams

Cricket: It was a case of good but not quite good enough for the Hornets.

But an improved performance has Daniel Wilson looking forward to the start of the team's "bread and butter” format, the two-day competition.

Wilson's Hornets fell to a three-wicket loss at the hands of Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

After posting a respectable 9/234 from their allotted overs, the Hornets looked in control of the contest with the visitors teetering at 6/130.

But as his teammates dropped like flies around him, SC opener Alecz Day remained in control with the bat to finish 120 not-out and guide his side home with less than 10 balls to spare.

Wilson admitted it was frustrating not to get the win against a strong SC outfit, but said there were plenty of positives to take from the performance ahead of this weekend's two-day opener against Wynnum/Manly.

"It was disappointing not to get the result, we identified this game as one we were a chance of coming away with the points in,” Wilson said.

"We had three guys get to around that 50 mark and get out, whereas they had one guy bat through and make 120. I think that was the difference.”

Wilson said the showing against SC was proof the team had improved their one-day game since the opening round loss to Valleys, particularly in the field.

"In the last two games we talked a lot about trying to come up with set plans, particularly for our quicks,” he said.

"It was about how we want to close out an innings; utilising slower balls, bouncers, yorkers that kind of thing.

"The pleasing thing is they started to show what they can do, and the proof was in the pudding.

"We bowled out Sandgate (the weekend before) and took (seven) wickets against SC.

"We created more chances for ourselves than we did through the first three games. I think the guys have developed their own games further as that initial part of the season has gone on.”

Youngster Harry Wood has been a key contributor in the last two outings, posting 63 and 53 against Sandgate and Sunshine Coast respectively.

"I think Harry has gone back to simplifying his batting,” Wilson said.

"He hasn't over-thought anything, he's gone back to the things he's really good at and in the last two games he's really held us together through the middle, and then accelerated towards the end.”

Following a fifth-place finish to 2016/17, the Hornets' on-field goals have shifted.

"At this stage now we talk less about competing hard and more about winning,” Wilson said.

"We start the competition with two games at home (to Wynnum/Manly and then South Brisbane).

"There's no bad sides in Brisbane first grade, but if we play good cricket, I would expect us to win both of those games.”

Topics:  ipswich/logan hornets sunshine coast cricket