Ipswich connection off to hot start for Burners

FIRST points went to Steve Paulsen and Sam Truloff in the battle of the Ipswich players in the opening round of the Brisbane T20 Challenge at Redlands Cricket Club on Sunday.

Bundamba resident Paulsen starred with 62 from 42 deliveries as the Burners reached 4-179 against Ben O'Connell's Country Infernos.

"He batted well," O'Connell said of Paulsen.

"We dropped him early."

It meant Marburg product Truloff didn't get a bat, while Central Districts captain O'Connell took 0-30 from his three overs.

"I bowled alright at the start," O'Connell said.

"Then Peter Forrest (66 from 50) got after me and took 17 from an over.

"But he's a class player.

"Some of the things we tried didn't come off for us with our bowling and fielding.

"We missed a stumping early.

"If those things go your way, it's a completely different game."

In response, the Infernos, with Nathan Hauritz (5) opening the batting, reached 138 with O'Connell caught out for 10.

"I hit a six to get off the mark, broke my bat then got out," O'Connell said.

In Sunday's other match, the Flames (2-133), led by Chris Lyn (83 not out from 38 deliveries), comfortably beat the Blaze (130).

A player from this year's T20 competition will earn the 18th playing spot with the Brisbane Heat, with the recipient of the $20,000 contract for this season's Big Bash League.

Round two takes place on October 28 at Sandgate-Redcliffe's home ground at Deagon.



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