CLEAN BOWLED: An Ipswich-Logan Hornets’ second grade batsman hears the death rattle during his team’s T20 game against Wests at Baxter Oval.
CLEAN BOWLED: An Ipswich-Logan Hornets’ second grade batsman hears the death rattle during his team’s T20 game against Wests at Baxter Oval. Rob Williams

Hornets' result lifts confidence

IPSWICH-Logan Hornets player/coach Geoff Paulsen is excited about his team playing its first games at Baxter Oval this weekend after a breakthrough victory on Saturday.

The Hornets' top side beat Wests by five wickets at St Lucia to end their T20 competition on a high.

With the First Grade competition moving into one-day games this weekend, Paulsen has been encouraged by his side's development.

"We've been improving every game we played,'' Paulsen said.

"You have got to work on a few things in each game and it seems to be coming off. The boys are reacting well.''

He said the early shorter version games were beneficial.

"We're really not a T20 side,'' the player/coach said. "It's good just to get the boys in there and get the confidence up.

"The boys are performing well.

"If they play cricket like they did in the second game, we're going to win more games than what we are expecting to win this year, so that's a good sign.''

The Hornets play Sunshine Coast from 10am on Saturday and Sandgate-Redcliffe on Sunday in one-day matches at Amberley.

"We've got better numbers now, but we still need to over the next few years and this season get a few more boys from Ipswich and clubs throw their support behind it by pushing boys our way,'' Paulsen said.

Among the Ipswich-based players to impress in the latest T20 games were Mitchell Weatherhead, Chris Smith and Jarrod Bichel.

Weatherhead scored 26 against South Brisbane and 28 against Wests.

Paulsen top-scored with 32 against Souths, with Chris Smith the leading run getter (45) against Wests.

Bichel contributed 25 in the win over Wests.

Souths won Saturday's game by nine wickets after the Hornets made 131.

The Hornets' second side lost both its T20 games - to Souths and Wests - at Baxter Oval on Saturday.

State of play

First Grade T20: Game 1 - South Brisbane 1-133 (Chris Smith 1-9) def Ipswich-Logan 131 (Geoff Paulsen 32, Mitch Weatherhead 26).

Game 2: Ipswich-Logan 5-140 (Chris Smith 45, Mitch Weatherhead 28, Jarrod Bichel 25) def Western Suburbs 6-137 (Jackson Smith 2-14).

Second Grade T20: Game 1 - South Brisbane 7-189 (Todd Rasmussen 2-8, Tom Manvell 2-20, Brenden Gibson 2-28) def Ipswich-Logan 9-89 (Wayne Jones 22).

Game 2: Western Suburbs 4-119 (Cameron Wood 1-11, Josh Donoghue 1-12) def Ipswich-Logan 9-116 (Rowan Lutter 29, Wayne Jones 18, Cameron Wood 17).



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