Hornets roll Wynnum, go back-to-back
THE Ipswich/Logan Hornets rolled to their second consecutive Queensland Premier Cricket limited overs victory at the weekend, and skipper Anthony Wilson believes an early start to pre-season has been the catalyst for his side's fast start.
"We've struggled in the last few years to start the season well, so it's been good to start with a bang and get a couple of wins,” Wilson said, adding the 84-run win had all-but secured the Hornets a place in the quarter-finals.
Harry Wood (81 from 127) continued his outstanding early-season form with the willow, while Wilson (60 from 86) also got amongst the runs as the pair built an imposing 97-run second-wicket stand on the way to 6/234.
In reply, Wynnum/Manly could only manage 150 as Sean Lutter (4/26) claimed the two big scalps of Jason Floros and Grayson Jones while also adding a run out of opener Liam Hanley.
"I think we played four trial games, plus we have access to the pitch on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Ivor Marsden now which has been a massive help,” Wilson said of the Hornets' pre-season preparations.
"I think it's helped our bowlers especially. In years gone by it's felt like it's taken them a month to get settled. Now we're a couple of months into bowling and batting and it's made a big difference.”
Wilson was full of praise for Australian U19 all-rounder Wood, who backed up his match-winning 78 from the previous week against Souths.
"Harry has been unbelievable in the first two games. He's really batting with maturity beyond his years,” Wilson said.
"It was difficult on the week-end; the wicket got a bit wet in the morning so we had to bat a bit differently than we normally would.
"He really put his head down and we put on a good partnership. Hopefully he can push on and have a big year for us.”
The skipper added he was happy to contribute with the bat after a lean pre-season.
"I struggled in the trial games and the first round I missed out as well,” he said.
"It was good to get the win and to contribute.”
Second Grade cruised to an eight-wicket win with Ben Newton (74*) and Brent Potbury (58) steering the ship.
Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade: Ipswich/Logan Hornets 6/234 (H. Wood 81, A. Wilson 60, L. Thomson- Matthews 21) def. Wynnum/Manly 150 (S. Lutter 4/26, R. Lutter 2/18, N. De Giusti 2/18) at Baxter Oval.