Northsiders surprise Laidley, again
DEFYING the heat as well as the competition champions, Northsiders have made a perfect start to the first division two-day competition.
But most pleasing for co-coach Michael Hillier is the way his side is going about its business.
After reaching the recent one-day final after beating Laidley, the Tigers continued their impressive effort by upstaging the Blue Dogs again at Bichel Oval.
In sweltering conditions on Saturday, Northsiders bowled Laidley out for 180 having made 292 in their innings.
Ever-reliable veteran Kev Cumming and young gun Dominic Salton led the way with four wickets each, working in short spells before the big storm arrived.
"We were never going to be able to blast them out as the wicket was pretty flat,'' Hillier said.
"We built pressure and fortunately we caught well.''
Among the super catches was one taken at mid-wicket by Kane Fairhurst.
Laidley were without one of their most experienced players Mick Sippel, who is overseas.
However, Hillier said his team toiled hard in the heat, getting the Blue Dogs tail wrapped up before the first of two storms swept across the region.
"The storm was coming over and we weren't too far away from having to come off the field,'' Hillier said.
"Luckily, Kevvie got the last wicket with about 10 minutes to spare.
"It was really pleasing.
"Credit to our guys. They are playing some good cricket and hopefully we can keep going.
"They are doing the little things right.''
In the seesawing game at Redbank Plains, Eastern Taipans secured first innings points after dismissing Swifts for 97.
Luke Smith and Jarryd Donkin fought for 10 overs with the bat to almost secure Swifts first innings before Donkin chopped one onto the stumps.
Batting a second time, Taipans made 111 before the storm ended the day's play.
Cameron Wood (5/24 and 4/36) and Nigel Van Der Wert (1/3 and 4/16) were the standouts for Swifts.
Swifts are hoping to bounce back against Laidley in the second round starting this weekend.
Northsiders have the bye.