Plenty to play for after rain
CRICKET, after a week or two hiatus for some players with the rain, will resume this weekend.
The Ipswich Logan Hornets have crunch matches against University, SEQ Stormers will travel to Mackay for the annual Bulls Masters T20 tournament and the Harding Madsen Shield will reach the halfway point of that competition.
The Hornets take on University in first grade at St Lucia today. Hornets welcome back chinaman spinner Jack Wood from injury.
The underage Australian representative had suffered a broken collarbone for a second time the week before the season started.
His comeback is timely with the absence of last season's player of the year Nick De Giusti.
Uni have struggled a bit this season than their usual table-topping form, so Hornets have a great chance to snare a win in this game.
Uni are seventh, one place ahead of the Hornets after five games on the crowded ladder.
A win could see Hornets jumping into the top four.
Sean Lutter, who played his 100th game for Hornets last round, will be a key player with the ball (10 wickets at 25.8).
Wood (304 runs at 76) and Dan Wilson (218 at 73) will have to shoulder more responsibility with the bat with De Giusti away.
Queensland under-17 offspinner Will Trigar and Australian U16 legspinner Dylan McAteer will return to 2nd Grade in their must win game at Baxter Oval.
Trigar had a successful national titles campaign being the second leading wicket-taker of the tournament, garnering 15 wickets at 11.87 from eight games.
McAteer was economical as usual but could only get three wickets playing up an age group.
Ruth Johnston and Georgia Voll will be in a similar situation as McAteer when they were selected in Australian under-16's team midweek.
They will take part in National Under 18 tournament in January in country Victoria.
The Hornets women's team travel to Deagon to take on Sandgate-Redcliffe tomorrow searching for their first win.
T20 Masters challenge
THE annual Bulls Masters T20 tournament will take place at Mackay over the weekend.
It has some of the best T20 country players in Queensland taking part. There are two pools of four teams with each side playing three fixture games plus a crossover match to decide the final rankings on Sunday.
The inner of the semi-finals will play the final at the Gabba before a Brisbane Heat Big Bash game in December.
The SEQ Stormers, coached by Laidley's mentor Craig Jesberg, were due to play Gold Coast last night which contained former SEQ captain Ben O'Connell.
Today, SEQ take on North Queensland then Mackay Whitsundays.
Traditionally, the team has been rusty with a lack of match practice.
The northern Queensland teams generally start their cricket season in early September so are usually in good form come October. This season, Ipswich comp started mid September so the Stormers will no doubt put up a better showing.
Shield teams impacted
THE absence of the best players playing for SEQ and Darling Downs will affect some teams in the Harding Madsen Shield.
Central Districts have supplied six players to SEQ and will be without Sam Joseph and Lachlan Vellacott through other commitments when they travel up the range to play Mets Easts, the beaten finalist in Toowoomba last season.
Dave Tyler, Matt Guest, Ben Swinn, Geoff Klease and SEQ co-captains Adam O'Sullivan and Luke Barett will be out.
Club stalwarts Tim Weber and Rhys O'Sullivan, along with their skipper, will be the only regulars while Mets will be missing only one in the Darling Down T20 team.
The match of the round is Laidley and Northsiders contest at Bichel Oval.
The Tigers have the most successful record in the Bluedogs golden period, with four wins in 15 one day encounters.
Pacemen Michael Topp and Damien Brandley for Bluedogs and Tigers opener come budding offspinner Troy Cooper are away playing for SEQ.
Jordan Alegre (130 at 65) has been stubborn at the top of the order. He will be joined by the destructive Matt Fairhurst.
With the ageless Steven Humphreys (117 at 39) in good form and with return of Rob Hillier and Paul Milne, the Tigers have a strong chance to spring another upset against the country lads.
Matthew Dean has been Laidley's best with ball (six wickets at 12) in their rain-affected season so far.
Alex Welsh (259), Matt Grassick (119 at 39.7) and Chris Wilson (94 runs at 31.3) have carried the batting. However, former Queensland Bull Mick Sippel will have a chance to add to his association record of 9314 career runs after having limited opportunities with the bat so far this season.
Brothers will be without SEQ opener Mick Ridgewell (105 at 52.5) when they travel to Forest Hill to take on Lockyer Lightning.
Taylor Peach (131 runs at 32) and Luke Dixon (190) are again in fine form this season.
With pacemen Chris Smith (four wickets) and Cam Wood due to get a turn of luck with the ball they will be a real test for newcomers.
Lockyer's depth will be tested after a bonus point win over the Redbacks in the first round.
Redbacks will host Northern Brothers Diggers in a must win game at Bruce Raleigh Oval.
Diggers, Toowoomba premiers, were terrible against Wests last outing. If the Redbacks play to their potential they could sneak a vital win today and maybe knock the Diggers out of the comp.
In the corresponding game last season, Redbacks amassed 217 but were undone by Queensland Country allrounder Kris Glass who will be playing for the Darling Downs today. That is a huge boast for the easterners.