Ipswich to host Premier Grade matches in milestone

IPSWICH will host a Queensland Premier Grade cricket game for the first time this weekend.

Four games in the second division of the state's top league will be played at the Ivor Marsden Complex on Saturday.

The Ipswich Logan Hornets, who have moved their home field from Beenleigh to the complex for this season, as well as the University of Queensland, Western Suburbs and South Brisbane will play at 10am and 1.30pm this weekend.

Ipswich Logan president Peter Leschke said the games were a milestone for the development of grade cricket in Ipswich. "It's been a long time coming," he said.

"This is a milestone weekend for us. We've had some lower grade games played there last year to raise awareness of the facilities, but that was fourth or fifth grade.

"This year all first and second grade games will be played out of Ivor Marsden."

Western Suburbs will face University while Ipswich-Logan will take on South Brisbane at 10am. Then at 1.30pm Ipswich-Logan will face Wests and South Brisbane will take on UQ.

The first grade Hornets are yet to play a game at their new home field but are set to play their first matches there next weekend when they host the Sunshine Coast on Saturday and Sandgate-Redcliffe on Sunday. Leschke said the move to Ipswich gave the team better facilities and would bring top-level cricket to a new audience.

He said the team featured more Ipswich players than in the joint venture team's first year. "We've got a number of good young Ipswich players for the Hornets."

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