SAFE HANDS: Ben Gibson holds onto a sharp chance in the slips off Jarrod Darrach’s bowling in South East Queensland’s Schaeffer Shield win over Wide Bay on Saturday.
SAFE HANDS: Ben Gibson holds onto a sharp chance in the slips off Jarrod Darrach’s bowling in South East Queensland’s Schaeffer Shield win over Wide Bay on Saturday. Rob Williams

Ipswich dominated SEQ team claims Schaeffer Shield victory

THE Ipswich dominated South East Queensland side has won the Schaeffer Shield on home turf.

With 11 of the 12-man squad from Ipswich, SEQ posted wins over Wide Bay and Darling Downs City to narrowly claim the title at Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex, just ahead of Sunshine Coast.

SEQ were rewarded with three players chosen in the South Queensland team to play North Queensland - spin-bowling all rounders Alex Welsh, Ben O'Connell and Luke Barrett earning selection.

It was SEQ's sixth straight Schaeffer Shield title, but the first without Gold Coast playing as part of SEQ.

"We bowled really well and our batting was good throughout the weekend," SEQ fast bowler Gibson said.

"We got off to a good start with our openers Luke Barrett and Dylan Blackman."

Gibson and his Laidley club-mate Michael Topp shared the leading bowler award for the tournament with six each.

SEQ got its weekend off to the perfect start on Saturday, comprehensively beating Wide Bay.

The home team dismissed Wide Bay for 120 with Topp claiming 4-24, before reaching 8-239 in reply with O'Connell top scoring with 49.

Yesterday the rain played havoc with all three matches, but Ipswich SEQ still did enough to beat Darling Downs City (Toowoomba) on Duckworth Lewis calculations.

Gibson claimed 3-32 as DDC were dismissed for 143, then reached 2-74 when the rain hit.



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