Hornets learning the intricacies of one-day matches
THE Hornets' winless start to the Brisbane Premier Cricket one-day competition continued at the weekend, but there are promising signs their fortunes are turning.
After losing the first two of five one-day matches to open the 2017/18 campaign, the Hornets faced a daunting double-header at the weekend.
They travelled to face University of Queensland on Saturday, before hosting Sandgate-Redcliffe at Baxter Oval on Sunday.
Against a UQ outfit littered with talent, the Hornets struggled to get anything going on the WEP Harris Oval pitch.
All out for just 136, their hosts chased down the total with nine wickets to spare.
"We just didn't give ourselves a chance with the bat,” reigning Hornets player of the year Nick De Giusti said.
"No one really stood up and batted true, the wickets just kept falling. That total was never going to be enough against a side like Uni.”
With a point to prove, as much to themselves as the rest of the competition, the Hornets entered Sunday's clash committed to fixing the small things.
"We set ourselves a few goals after the game on Saturday, especially in the field and bowling-wise,” De Giusti said.
"We achieved most of them in the field, and we thought 280 was probably a par score. But we weren't quite up to it with the bat.”
De Giusti admitted the young side were more equipped to compete in two-day cricket, but declined to use it as an excuse ahead of the final one-day clash against Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
"Over the last couple of seasons our two-day cricket has come a long way, but the one-day stuff is still lagging,” he said.
"One-day cricket is such a different game, it's a work in progress.
"We've had a pretty hard one-day draw but that's what you want, to come up against the better teams.
"On Sunday we were really good, and we're such a young side it's just about building into being a better club.
"Hopefully against Sunshine Coast we can come away with a win.”
Saturday v University of QLD: UQ 1/137 (17 overs) def. Ipswich/Logan 136 (42.3 overs).
Best: N. De Giusti 38, A. Smith 1/34
Sunday v Sandgate- Redcliffe: Sandgate 279 (49.5 overs) def. Ipswich/Logan 229 (49.4 overs).
Best: H. Wood 63, N. De Giusti 4/25