Hornets spinning into top four form
DEPENDABLE offspinner Nick De Giusti chose an ideal time to secure his first five-wicket haul for the Ipswich Logan Hornets in the Queensland Premier top grade cricket competition.
The first innings victory over Redlands at Baxter Oval propelled the Hornets into the top four heading into today's T20 games at the same venue.
In his third season with the Hornets, De Giusti took 5/71 off 20 overs to help dismiss Redlands for 217 on Saturday.
That came after the Hornets declared at 8/360 after their fine batting display on the first day.
De Giusti came on as first-change bowler, having taken some four-wicket bags in earlier games.
He was most satisfied with his first wicket - Michael Herdman caught by Mitch Weatherhead for 27.
De Giusti also bowled out two Redlands batsmen and took a catch off his own delivery.
"Some things just clicked this year,'' De Giusti, 21, said.
"I've been bowling a lot better, bowling a little bit quicker than previous years.
"I set a field and chipped away at it and it come off pretty well.''
Opening bowler Amila Weththasinghe got the Hornets off to a great start, dismissing both openers on his way to finishing with 3/31 off 11 overs.
Hornets regulars Adam Smith, Sean Lutter and Jack Wood toiled hard in the hot conditions.
Hornets captain/coach Geoff Paulsen was delighted to see his team take six wickets in the first session.
"The bowlers have been working well together over the last couple of weeks,'' Paulsen said.
"It was a great effort.''
The Hornets put Redlands in a second time.
The visitors were 1/86 before play was halted due to Saturday's approaching storms.
De Giusti said the Hornets were starting to capitalise on their hard work from last season.
"We keep getting better as a side,'' he said.
With a series of T20 matches to be played before the Christmas break, the Hornets will look to continue their two-day competition momentum against Toombul starting on January 7.
"If we keep doing what we are doing, I think we'll be right for the next five (two-day) games,'' he said.
"We should win more than we lose.''
After Saturday night's storms, work had to be done on the Ivor Marsden wickets and outfields before T20 matches could be played today.
The Hornets' first scheduled match against University of Queensland was called off.