Queensland Premier Grade cricket match between Ipswich Logan Hornets Vs Norths at Baxter Oval. Hornets slip cordon appeal for a caught behind.
Queensland Premier Grade cricket match between Ipswich Logan Hornets Vs Norths at Baxter Oval. Hornets slip cordon appeal for a caught behind. David Nielsen

Pride on the line at Baxter

IF YOU'RE wanting for a reason to enjoy the warm weather today, head to Baxter Oval and cheer on the Hornets.

The Ipswich/Logan side will be looking to salvage something from what has been a rough, five-round limited overs competition.

They face Sunshine Coast at Baxter Oval today, starting at 9.30am.

The Hornets are winless from four outings so far, but were impressive in defeat in their last start to Sandgate/Redcliffe.

Their opponents started in scintillating fashion, posting consecutive wins to open the 2017/18 campaign.

But following back-to-back losses to Toombul and Western Suburbs, enter today's clash with an even 2-2 ledger.

Sunshine Coast loom as the perfect measure for how far the Hornets' one-day cricket has come in the last month and a bit.

A win at home would also do wonders for their confidence ahead of the two-day competition starting next weekend.

Key to a Hornets victory will be the strength of their top order.

In all four previous starts, Ipswich/Logan have failed to reach the 100-run mark with their full compliment of wickets in hand.

They nearly did so last time out against Sandgate, with Dan Wilson falling after a 99-run partnership with Levi Thomson-Matthews.

It is no coincidence they nearly emerged victors from that contest.

All-rounder Nick De Giusti told the QT mid-week the Hornets need to keep the pressure on toward the end of the opposition's innings, if they are to find success in the limited overs format.

How they handle those crucial periods will go a long way toward proving their readiness for the two-day competition.

Callum Dick



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