Ipswich carries south-east Queensland Schaeffer Shield hopes
AN IPSWICH team in all but name hosts the new look Schaeffer Shield this weekend, at the Ivor Marsden Sports Complex.
Otherwise known as the South Queensland Country Cricket Championships, this year's Schaeffer Shield features six teams, with Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast no longer part of SEQ.
SEQ includes Ipswich, Beaudesert and Beenleigh but it is an all Ippy 12 taking the field this weekend.
In recent years the team has been captained by Ben O'Connell but O'Connell is more than happy to let Welsh take the reins, so he can concentrate on his batting.
It is a formula that worked well for O'Connell and Queensland Country at last summers National Country Cricket Championships.
There the former Queensland Country skipper O'Connell led Queensland to glory and was named player of the tournament.
A similar return with the bat this weekend will see SEQ go a long way towards claiming the Schaeffer Shield. O'Connell said the only problem was trying to work out what ex-pat Englishman Welsh was trying to say at times.
"It's always interesting trying to decipher the interpretations of an Englishman," O'Connell said.
"I'll just be trying to do what's needed. Alex has done a good job (captaining Ipswich) and has a lot of experience."
While he may not have the C next to his name, O'Connell will still have a major leadership role within a young Ipswich side.
- Today: SEQ v Wide Bay
- Tomorrow: SEQ v Darling Downs City
Games start from 8.30am at the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex, Amberley