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