Partners primed for season-opening stand
OPENER Daniel Wilson hopes his fledgling partnership with newcomer Levi Thomson-Matthews can set the foundation for a strong two-day season for the Hornets.
Saturday's limited-overs loss to Sunshine Coast marked just the second time Wilson and Thomson- Matthews opened the batting together since the latter's move from Wests to the Hornets.
The duo's first outing at the top of the order produced a 99-run opening wicket stand against Sandgate/Redcliffe last weekend - the Hornets' best of the season.
Wilson admitted he "tried to take a few shortcuts” in losing his wicket for just 18 runs on Saturday, but the early signs seem positive between the two of them.
"(Thomson-Matthews) has come in after having limited opportunities in the first three games batting down the order, and he's done a good job,” Wilson said of the Ipswich local.
"He might be a bit disappointed he didn't kick on and get a big score (against Sunshine Coast), but certainly there are some really positive signs with him there as we look toward the two-day comp.”
Thomson-Matthews' early struggles in the opening three games mirrored the Hornets' issues, but he has struck 40 and 48 in consecutive matches since opening the batting with Wilson.
"It's been a pretty easy transition with Levi coming in,” Wilson said.
"He turns the strike over well, hits the gaps and runs hard.
"We have one of the stronger middle orders in the comp, so if we can do our job (at the top of the order) and get through that first session in particular, it sets us up well.
"How much success we can have as an opening partnership will be crucial to the team's success I think.”
Following consecutive 100+ scores to open the season, Wilson has come back to earth in recent weeks.
And after giving away his wicket for cheap against Sunshine Coast, the opener is keen to make amends when the two-day competition begins.
"I was really disappointed, I went away from the things I'd been doing well at the start of the season,” Wilson said.
"I was a bit loose I guess you could say. I'm pretty keen to get in and go big.”