MULTI SKILLED: Laidley all-rounder Alex Welsh shows his class on his way to 25 batting against Central Districts.
MULTI SKILLED: Laidley all-rounder Alex Welsh shows his class on his way to 25 batting against Central Districts. David Nielsen

Horents prove a hit with the bat

IT HAS been threatening to happen for some time.

But even Ipswich Logan Hornets coach Geoff Paulsen must have begun to wonder if his faith in his team's batting line-up was misplaced.

On Saturday it wasn't.

The Hornets piled on 5-383 against Sandgate Redcliffe at Deagon, with Anthony Wilson dismissing any doubts there may have been about his prospects as a first grade first-drop batter.

Wilson (156) his brother Dan Wilson (94) and all-rounder Nick De Giusti (102) starred with the bat for the Hornets.

De Giusti was about the only Hornet who could have claimed any sort of consistent form this season.

So it was the perfect time for the Laidley raised siblings to show what a valuable addition they are to the club.

"It was a very good day," Anthony Wilson told the QT.

"It was a good day for batting on a flat deck. We haven't been getting it right but we've seen it has been coming. One of these days it was going to click."

It was Wilson's maiden first grade century and showed the reason he gave up his spot in second grade at Brisbane Souths to join the Hornets this season.

Giving him a decent crack at first drop has given him the time to settle in and the confidence to produce his best.

"It was good to have a couple of big partnerships," he said.

"Since coming to Ipswich I've had the chance to bat in the top three.

"I've had a bit of faith shown in that they've stuck with me and not having to fight for a spot helps.

"I always knew I could bat at this level. I probably didn't do enough at Souths to warrant a consistent spot in first grade.

"But since I've come to Ipswich Logan it's been fantastic."

The responsibility of batting at three saw Wilson rein in his usual attacking game early, taking his time before cashing in during the final session.

"I batted really slowly in the first couple of sessions," he said.

"But then we scored 170 in the last session. That's what first grade is all about. Having something left in the tank late in the day and cashing in."

 

DUNN DEAL

BOOSTING the Hornets chances of completing their first win of the season is the availability on day two of English first class paceman Matt Dunn.

Dunn might not be so enthusiastic once he gets a look at the Trevor Hohns Oval pitch at Deagon however.

"It's fantastic for us," Wilson said. "Hopefully he can help bowl us to victory. The wickets over here are a little bit quicker (than in England) but the one we were playing on was pretty dead.

"So he'll have his work cut out."



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