Richo closes in on a major milestone
DAVID Richardson is on the verge of becoming the sixth player to take 500 Ipswich first grade wickets.
The veteran spin bowler has 499 to his name heading into day two of his team's match against Swifts at Ivor Marsden 2.
If Brothers get their way he will not get his chance to reach his milestone until after the Brethren (1-28) have passed the Bluebirds' first innings total of 291.
Richardson claimed 5-96 last weekend, to prove he still has all the tools that made him a two-time Queensland Country representative.
The left-arm finger spinner made his A grade debut against Laidley in 1995-96.
"I wasn't a great junior cricketer," Richardson said.
"I came on a little bit late.
"Then I made a few under 19 country rep sides and realised maybe I could go a little bit further.
"But I never thought I'd play for Queensland Country and with and against some of the players I got to."
He could still push for a Queensland Country spot if he wanted.
But Richardson's priorities have changed as he approaches the end of his playing days.
"The goal now is to play maybe one or two more seasons," he said.
"It is a bit hard with kids and work.
"It gets harder and harder each year."
Richardson concedes handing the captaincy to Luke Dixon has made his life easier and possibly prolonged his career a season or two.
Richardson has experienced both the good and the lean years at Brothers, winning Division One titles in 2005-06 and 2012-13.
After reaching the four-day final and claiming the one-day title last summer Brothers face a challenge of maintaining the standards following the departure of several players.
While the addition of Nev Paulsen as coach is helping, Richardson concedes it is a concern the club is not seeing more younger players pushing for Division One spots.
"We've got to rely on Craig (Cumming) and Luke (Dixon) to score a lot of runs," Richardson said.
"And Michael Ridgewell."
With the ball it is the old timers in Richardson, Cumming and Mark Sharrad who still lead the way.
The lack of young talent in the Brothers team was even more apparent against the youthful Swifts side that claimed honours on day one of their match.
"They are a good side," Richardson said.
"We didn't underestimate them.
"They're a lot better than last year and are going to be tough to beat."
Part of the reason Swifts have improved is the addition of Dylan Hickson (63), a Brothers product and junior prodigy who has just retuned to the game after several seasons out.
- Brothers 1-28 v Swifts (291) at Ivor Marsden 2.
- Centrals 4-127 v Taipans 152 at Mark Marsh Oval.
- Thunder v Laidley at Tivoli 1 (One-day match)