Josh Roberts pitches for Ipswich against Windsor at Tivoli on Sunday.
Josh Roberts pitches for Ipswich against Windsor at Tivoli on Sunday. Cordell Richardson

Musketeers split GBL series with Royals, stay second

PRIOR history meant little when the Ipswich Musketeers and Windsor Royals played out the latest instalment in their Greater Brisbane League Division 1 rivalry.

But as has come to be expected when the Musketeers and Royals meet, it was a contest.

Ipswich drew first blood in Wednesday night's fixture, cruising to a 7-1 victory.

However the Royals turned the tables on Sunday afternoon, putting on seven runs of their own in a two-run win to tie the two-match series up at one-apiece.

It was a result which helped neither Ipswich or Windsor in their quest to topple Redcliffe from their perch atop the GBL standings, particularly after the Padres recorded a relatively easy 2-0 series sweep over fourth-ranked Carina this round.

However splitting the series still worked more to the Musketeers' favour. They retain their one-game buffer on Windsor in third place.

Both sides also have two games in-hand on the Padres - particularly important for Ipswich, who sit just two games back in second.

The Musketeers host one of their two required catch-up games tomorrow, when they take on Carina at 7pm.

If the Ipswich ball club can negotiate a win over the Redsox, they can be confident of claiming two more wins when bottom-ranked Surfers Paradise visit for a double-header beginning Friday and continuing Sunday.

Surfers have five wins from 22 starts this season. The Musketeers swept their most recent series back in November.

GBL Division 1

Wednesday, Jan 9 - Ipswich Musketeers 7 def. Windsor Royals 1

Sunday, Jan 13 - Windsor Royals 7 def. Ipswich Musketeers 5

Ladder: Redcliffe 17-7 (0), Ipswich 14-8 (-2), Windsor 13-9 (-3), Carina 13-10 (-3.5), Redlands 11-12 (-5.5), Coomera 9-12 (-6.5), Pine Hills 8-15 (-8.5), Surfers Paradise 5-17 (-11).

Next Game: Tomorrow (7pm) - Ipswich Musketeers v Carina Redsox at Tivoli



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