BEST TO COME: Ipswich Hornets batsman Dan Wilson.
BEST TO COME: Ipswich Hornets batsman Dan Wilson. Rob Williams

Hornets going well with heavy hitter yet to fire

CRICKET: Ipswich/Logan Hornets skipper Anthony Wilson believes his side are in even better shape than their unbeaten start to the season suggests, because they have not had to rely on a usual heavy-hitter to do so.

The Hornets added a second notch to their belt last weekend, cruising to an 83-run win over Wynnum/Manly. Hornets had an opening round victory over South Brisbane to launch the Queensland Premier Cricket Limited Overs competition.

Harry Wood continued his impressive start to the season with an 81-run innings, while Wilson chimed in with a well-built 60.

But one Hornet yet to fire is Anthony's brother Dan Wilson.

The opener began last season's campaign at a canter, knocking high scores seemingly with ease even in defeat.

Dan Wilson has 33 runs cumulative from two innings; a far-cry from the 278 he had at this point last year.

But his brother is not concerned.

"It's a good sign we've managed to win two games and haven't had to rely on Dan to get the runs," Anthony said.

"We're not worried. We know he'll deliver over the course of the season, it's only a matter of time until he gets a big hundred.

"He hates losing - he'll take missing out (on a big score) as long as we win. He doesn't worry about it to be honest."

With Dan Wilson still finding form with the willow, Wood has stepped into the void with scores of 78 and 81 in his first two innings.

But Anthony Wilson believes the biggest improvement in the side this year is in the bowling ranks.

"It just comes down to belief. Guys are turning up on a Saturday expecting to win now instead of just hoping," he said. "We've had the same key players for a number of years now. They're a year older and more experienced.

"Sean (Lutter) I think is our oldest bowler, and he's only 24 or 25. But he's played five years of first grade.

"Harry (Wood) and Adam Smith have three years, and Nick (De Giusti) four or five.

"Not many teams would have a bowling attack with such experience at that age."

Another key component to the Hornets' winning start is one that does not always show on the scorecard. "(Aaron) Moore places a big emphasis on fielding," Anthony Wilson said.

"It's one of the things we practice really hard at training. We have a good session before we get in the nets every Tuesday and Thursday.

"He's very much about intensity and exec- uting skills. We've improved dramatically in that area."

The Hornets host 2017/18 Limited Overs grand finalists Wests at Baxter Oval on Saturday.



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