How the teenage Hornets secured a valuable victory
WHEN you're a cricketer on the rise, working with the next generation can provide added satisfaction.
Just ask Ipswich Logan Hornets player and under-16 coach Brent Potbury.
The second grade Hornets batsman shared in the thrilling first win of the club's junior team playing in this year's Queensland Premier Cricket Lord Taverner's competition.
After a washout, rain- affected loss and a last-ball tie against Wests, the teenage Hornets bowled exceptionally well to beat Redlands Tigers in their latest one-day match at Baxter Oval.
For former Ipswich Grammar School student Potbury, it was pleasing being involved with a talented group of cricketers from IGS, St Edmund's College, West Moreton Anglican College and Toowoomba Grammar.
"It's good for our club,'' Potbury said. "Hopefully we can keep them at the club to play grade cricket for us.''
The Hornets scored 183 on the batsman friendly Baxter Oval wicket after a terrific 119 run partnership between co-captain Regan Hoger (69 off 116 balls) and Zeb Townsley (58 off 99).
The Hornets lost a cluster of wickets late in the innings chasing a bigger score.
"I did think we didn't have enough,'' Potbury said.
"I was looking at probably 200 to 220.''
However, he need not have worried.
His strong line-up of bowling allrounders dismissed Redlands for 161 in the 50th over, led by Hoger (2/12 off five overs) and a tight spell from Riley Bichel (0/12 off six overs).
"Regan and Riley in the middle kind of changed the game,'' Potbury said.
Other bowlers to make fine contributions were co-captain Tom Carney (3/26 off 9 overs), Oscar McCarron (2/26 off 10) and Sean Seaward (2/22 off 3.2 overs).
"We bowled pretty well through the middle,'' the coach said.
"We started off well, then they (Redlands) got a bit of a go on (being 2/81), then we kind of brought them back after the first drinks' break.''
After stifling the run flow, the Hornets' bowlers completed the job.
"It will get the confidence up,'' Potbury said.
"We have a good bunch of fellas and I'm sure they'll do well.''
The Hornets under-16 side's next match is against Wynnum at Baxter Oval on Sunday.
Potbury is coaching the side for the first time.
"It gets me thinking about the game more,'' he said, enjoying his role working with up and coming Hornets' players.
The Hornets' second grade side have already qualified for their one-day competition semi-finals, starting later this month.
"We've got a really good team culture,'' he said of the senior side.
That's something Potbury hopes to build on in the under-16 ranks with some of the region's most promising young cricketers.