TERRIFIC TEAM: The victorious 2015 SEQ cricket side that won the Schaeffer Shield.
TERRIFIC TEAM: The victorious 2015 SEQ cricket side that won the Schaeffer Shield. Contributed

Region celebrating rep success

IT was a great day for Ipswich and the region's cricket teams last weekend.

Not only did Ipswich Logan Hornets record their first win in Queensland Premier Grade, the SEQ team based almost entirely on the Ipswich Webb Shield team, won the their fifth Schaeffer Shield title in a row.

The Hornets have been patiently building over the past three seasons.

The way the Hornets have batted in the past three games showed they have matured a lot this season.

If they can keep this output going, other teams will feel the sting of the Hornets blades.

The addition of English County speedster Matt Dunn will help relieve pressure from Sean Lutter. That will let him mature into his role as spearhead of the Ipswich attack over the next 5-10 years.

Meanwhile, SEQ - under Laidley's Alex Welsh - was the most dominant team again in the Schaeffer Shield carnival.

The quality of bowling restricted Wide Bay and Darling Downs to scores of less than 150.

The big hands of Gibson grabbed two blinders on Saturday in slips.

Luke Barrett and Dylan Blackman got their innings off to good starts while the bowling of Michael Topp, Cam Wood and Gibson was high quality.


Fighting spirit

COMEBACKS seem to be order of the day after Queensland's remarkable fightback in Tasmania on Monday.

Eastern Taipans pulled an outright win out of the fire against Northsiders after being well behind on the first innings.

Taipans were bundled out for a meager 65 on day one and Northsiders scored 112.

Northsiders then knocked over a Taipan opener in the three overs to stumps.

On day two, the Redbank Plains-based club declared at 227 in 40 overs, giving Northsiders a chase of 180 in 41 overs for their own outright win.

Northsiders slumped to 6/71. However, they staged their own fightback to get back to 8/166 with three overs to go.

Up stepped Taipans captain Jarid Greisbach with his off spin to remove Greig Cumming.

He bowled Jack Trace on the second last ball of the match after the young spinner had blocked the ball but it rolled back onto his stumps to deliver a memorable victory to the Taipans.

It was Northsiders' second outright loss in 20 years.

In Second Grade, Swifts did a remarkable job to win let alone almost snatch an outright victory against the young Thunder team.

Thunder made a competitive 149 and routed Swifts' top order to have then 8/56 at stumps on day one.

On day two, Jarryd Donkin (54no) came to the crease to join Gregg Marks (34) but Marks departed at 81 leaving Swifts needing 69 from the last pair.

Tim Finlayson (23) held his end up while Donkin reeled in the Thunder score.

The Thunder, maybe demoralized, were rolled for 82 in their second turn to bat.

Swifts (6/70) chased hard for the outright but fell six agonizing runs short in a remarkable turnaround.


Fassifern history

FASSIFERN created history on Monday night in the Baxter Big Bash T20 tournament when they beat Laidley in a close contest.

Defending 127, Laidley needed 13 off the last 12 balls but were contained and could only manage 123.

Fassifern's first win at T20 cricket was an exceptional effort for a team that hasn't played in the top grade since 1994.

Laidley were not at full strength but they still had many high quality players.

It's great to see the Bushrangers have improved so dramatically over the past three seasons or so.

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