Northsiders hit top of the ladder
NORTHSIDERS have timed their run to perfection, hitting the front of the Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association Division One ladder with a round remaining.
Northsiders’ outright win over Swifts took them ahead of Laidley and Strollers/Raiders, both who recorded first innings wins on Saturday.
Northsiders have lanky paceman Kev Cumming to thank for their position atop the table.
The fiery quick took 12-77 (8-42 and 4-35) for the match against Swifts, continuing his incredible season and ensuring the Bluebirds maintained their 100 per cent outright loss record from matches completed.
With one round remaining, the top three, who qualify for finals, are decided but in which order is yet to be determined.
Northsiders play Laidley for the likely minor premiership from Saturday but Strollers/Raiders are waiting in the wings should there be a stalemate between the top two or should they beat Brothers outright in the final round.
The players from the joint club could almost taste the competition lead late on Saturday when they had Central Districts on the ropes second time round.
After making 241 on day one, Strollers/Raiders dismissed Centrals for 127 first time and had them 6-109 at one stage after enforcing the follow-on.
Centrals needed 114 to avoid outright defeat and finished at 7-117.
But Strollers/Raiders weren’t complaining.
“Our fast boys did a fantastic job and to ask them to keep going at 4.30 to 5pm was a bit much,” Strollers/Raiders vice-captain Paul Milne said.
“To have them seven down, I was quite happy.”
Milne lauded his fast bowling quartet of Mark Lehmann, Craig Cumming, Dan Packer and Chris Smith.
“Craig and Lehmo started off and then Chris Smith and Packer kept the pressure on,” off-spinning all-rounder Milne said.
“I didn’t get a bowl in the first innings.
“If we can make the final with this kind of attack, then we can push anyone. They don’t release the pressure.
“With Laidley, if Mick (Sippel) doesn’t get wickets, they struggle.
“For us, if someone has a bad day, someone else stands up.”
Milne got a bowl in the second innings, taking 3-19 and with fellow spinner Glen Lauchlan and all-rounder Tyrone De Silva in the side, the joint venture team has firepower for all occasions.
“The only thing we need to sort out is to score a few more runs,” Milne said.
“Apart from Craig and Tyrone, we could have been in a bit of trouble.”