Hornets stung by determined Thunder outfit

THE Thunder had a morale-boosting Twenty20 win over the Ipswich Logan Hornets Colts on Monday night.

The match at Baxter Oval put Thunder captain Matt Elkins in a rather strange position.

Elkins plays for the Hornets at the weekend and the Thunder in the Monday night T20 comp.

So the 17-year-old was leading the Thunder against his weekend teammates.

Thunder won the toss and batted first with Elkins (58) and opening partner Clinton Sippel (74) putting on 114 for the first wicket.

"I was just trying to rotate the strike and hit the loose ball to the boundary," Elkins said.

First-drop Chris Wardrop (27) continued the momentum before the final three wickets fell without another run being added.

Despite that, Elkins was confident his team could defend its total of 5-173.

"It was certainly defendable," he said. "But if we didn't bowl well they could have chased it down."

The Thunder bowlers rose to the occasion, restricting the Hornets to 6-108.

The wickets were spread evenly with Joshua Dascombe claiming 2-24.

"It was a good team effort," the skipper said.

While Elkins won't be with the Thunder at the weekend he believes the win will be a boost in a tough first season for the fledgling Division 1 club.

It will also be a boost to the young captain's own self-belief, not that he seems to lack any confidence.

"It's a challenge I like," he said of accepting the captaincy.

"I took it on with both hands."



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