Jets fire piles pressure on Logan
IN their first year of winter competition, the Ipswich Jets premier warehouse cricket team continues to shock its more established opponents.
With the one dayers completed, the two-day season began on Saturday with a match against the current winter premiers, Logan Cobras.
The Cobras home ground, the Oliver Sports Complex at Eagleby, has been badly affected by the wet weather and even the best of curators is having problems bringing it back to its normal excellent condition.
The state of the grounds meant the highest innings scored there in the one-day matches this season was 80 and only one boundary had been hit.
This posed some problems for the Ipswich team with swashbuckling Jets all-rounder Steve Heise unavailable.
The answer was to draft in Glen Lauchlan, normally an opening batsman, but to bat him down the list to provide some impetus to the middle order.
The Jets were sent into bat on the difficult wicket and made a careful opening stand of 26 before Liam Johnson misjudged one and was bowled.
Wayne Jones offered a typically studied 24 before suffering the same fate and Peter Collins was run out on the same score.
Tyrone de Silva was caught soon after and was quickly followed by Steven Doyle who was bowled to leave the Jets struggling at 5-69.
That brought Nathan Fisher to the crease to join captain Andrew Doyle and he played a steady hand in a partnership of 31 before departing.
Lauchlan joined Doyle and the pair added another 31 before the skipper was dismissed.
With no more recognised batsmen to come Lauchlan took on the hitting role, enabling the Jets to declare at 7/168.
Lauchlan was unlucky to be left on 49 not out, but the light was fading and Andrew Doyle wanted to make the most of the few crucial overs left to put a dent in the Cobra’s top order.
The move paid dividends as lightning fast New Zealander Regan Flaws ripped in, taking 3-8 as the premiers limped to 3-17 at stumps.