Laidley puts Brothers in an early spin

ENGLISHMAN Alex Welsh is enjoying a purple patch of success after snaring another five-wicket haul over the weekend.

However, he was quick to share his latest achievement with his team after returning to club cricket.

Fresh from captaining the SEQ team to a Schaeffer Shield victory last weekend, Welsh was back with Laidley taking on Brothers in Saturday's first division match at Bichel Oval.

While other matches in Ipswich were washed out, Laidley managed to dismiss Brothers for 116 and reach 1/21 before late afternoon lightning forced an end to play.

Spinner Welsh took 5/7 off his 10 overs, including some vital lbw decisions and two clean bowled dismissals.

"The wicket was pretty much dry,'' he said.

"The run-ups were a little bit wet but the outfields were pretty good so it didn't really affect us too much.''

However, it wasn't his best haul, having also claimed five scalps against Thunder earlier this season.

The slow left arm spinner stuck to the task again at Laidley on Saturday.

"It was probably a little bit slow compared to what it's normally like with the rain but it was still okay,'' he said.

"It didn't turn too much for me. I just bowled straight.''

Leg spinning partner Andrew McIntosh also cashed in with 3/17 from six overs.

They shattered Brothers hopes after Liam Bacon dismissed opener Jake Sarra and Blue Dogs opening bowler Ben Gibson bowled Mark Sharrad.

"We all bowled pretty well,'' Welsh said.

"It was a good day's work.''

The competition leaders hope to chase down Brothers' target in drier conditions this weekend.

"We just have got to be a bit careful sometimes. We can be our own worst enemies at times,'' Welsh warned.

The first division matches between Swifts and Centrals and Northsiders and Thunder were washed out on Saturday. It is expected the games will be played as a one-day encounters this weekend with two-day competition points on offer.

The Ipswich Logan Hornets Brisbane Grade encounter against Wests is also likely to become a one-day match this weekend after Baxter Oval was too wet to allow play.



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