Harmony T20 concept wins cheers from the sidelines
THE shrieks coming from the boundaries at Redbank Plains last Sunday showed how fiercely contested the matches were.
With semi-final spots on the line, tensions were high and every run was supported by yelling, shouting and woo-hooing.
But the Harmony T20 competition has achieved all it has set out to and more.
Mehfil Indian, Swifts, Cool Boys and Malwa are the four remaining teams in the competition.
They will meet in semis and final at Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex on Sunday.
Marty Henderson led the Swifts team to a big win over Haryana Strikers in the quarter finals.
He is unsure which of Cool Boys or Malwa his team plays in the semi-final but is wary of what awaits if they make the final.
"Mehfil is full of superstars," he said.
"We played them the week before last and they had no Sam Truloff and Tyrone De Silva didn't bat and they still killed us.
"I've never seen a team like them in my life."
The Swifts team is made up of a mixture of first, second and third graders and some friends from other clubs.
The tournament is the first of its kind in Ipswich, following a successful formula played in Brisbane for three seasons.
The Ipswich competition pits several Ipswich based teams against sides from Brisbane with a broad variety of races represented.
It was designed in part to promote racial harmony and it is working according to Henderson.
"It keeps going from strength to strength," he said.
"I couldn't pick a better bunch of blokes to play with or against.
"It's great just watching them play against each other even when there's no Ipswich team involved.
"They get so excited.
"A bloke hits a single and they go bananas.
"When someone hits a boundary they erupt.
"Games can get a bit heated but not in the same manner as the Ipswich first grade comp.''
Last weekend Swifts cruised through their quarter final, making 160 batting first before bowling Strikers out for 55.
Henderson top scored with 55 while Chris Mantell took five wickets and Ray Coleman claimed 4-3. Mantell is also his team's opening batter.
"He's in there to smash them around early for us," Henderson said.
"To try and get 10 an over and get our momentum moving."
T20 finals Sunday at Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex
Noon: Lunch provided by Ipswich's Mehfil restaurant and Toowoomba's Bombay Bliss.