New blood has Hornets buzzing for recovery in two-day format

THE format should suit but the Ipswich Logan Hornets already have their share of injury concerns.

The Hornets chase their first win of the season in a two-day match against Redlands starting at Baxter Oval today.

There has been no success from two one-day and four T20 matches in the opening two weekends of the season.

But the longer format gives the home team a chance to settle into the game.

"I think it should suit us," Hornets skipper Mitch Weatherhead said.

"Our main focus is that we've got plenty of time.

"We've got all day to play so we can settle into a few plans."

The Hornets are without pace duo Sean Lutter and Dan Parnell and in Jon Simpson come up against ,a player who defected from the Hornets over winter.

They are also missing wicket-keeper/ batsman David Lyons.

Lyons' place is taken by Justin McCarron who has done the job before.

Where some see the absences as a disadvantage, others will see the chance to make a statement.

"It's an opportunity for some new guys to potentially retain a spot," Weatherhead said.

It also puts pressure on the not-so-new guys not to miss out.

That means leading batsmen Weatherhead, Geoff Paulsen, Brent Potbury and Matt Elkins providing telling contributions.

For Potbury and Elkins, the club's situation has seen them go from rookies to experienced hands in a year. "It's a bit of a test of our depth," Weatherhead said.

"For the guys with a year at the club under our belts, it is time to keep stepping up and pushing forward."

Redlands include last season's Peter Burge best-and-fairest medallist Simon Milenko.

The Hornets' second grade side is in a similar situation to the firsts, hoping to open its 2014-15 account against Redlands at Peter Purge Oval, Wellington Point.

 

Hornets teams

Today (all grades v Redlands)

First Grade: M Weatherhead, J McCarron, B Potbury, N De Giusti, M Elkins, G Paulsen, J Bichel, J Smith, A Smith, P Singh, T Rasmussen.

Second Grade: W Jones, B Newton, S Edgar, B Dwyer, C Wardrop, R Lutter, D O'Keefe, C Wendt, B Nickson, L Willaton, D Clark.

Third Grade: N Fisher, M Quinn, M Miller, J Reisenleiter, J Gillett, R Plummer, S Jayaweera, J Crighton, J Hudson, M Raine, I Trigar.



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