TIGHT LINE: Centrals bowler Matt Guest fires down a delivery during Saturday’s first division match against Eastern Taipans. Centrals were 1/62 chasing Taipans’ 229 first innings score.
TIGHT LINE: Centrals bowler Matt Guest fires down a delivery during Saturday’s first division match against Eastern Taipans. Centrals were 1/62 chasing Taipans’ 229 first innings score. Inga Williams

Sippel's unbeaten 228 up with best run feats

APART from their consistent performances over many years, Laidley are becoming the region's record-breaking cricket club.

Laidley's extraordinary efforts in the latest day's play are among the best seen in the Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket first division competition.

Laidley's evergreen senior batsman Mick Sippel led the way being 228 not out. His team reached a remarkable 7/443 against Swifts on field 4 at the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex.

Despite the hot conditions, Sippel batted most of the day coming in at number four.

He shared in what's believed to be a club record fifth wicket stand of 191 with exciting Laidley teenager Matt Andrews.

"He's a top young fellow. He's going to be a good young player,'' Sippel said, impressed with his batting partner.

Andrews scored 54.

Team-minded Sippel also praised opener Jason Cubit (81).

"He set the tone,'' Sippel said.

"When we batted together, I didn't get too many.

"If he didn't get out, he could have got 200.''

However, all the talk this week will be about a Laidley stalwart who achieved his highest score having just turned 40.

According to Ipswich cricket historian Wayne Jones, Sippel's unbeaten 228 is the fourth highest total in the competition.

Other two hundred clubbers he can chase when he resumes on Saturday are Len Johnson (Booval) - 264 retired in September 1955; Brian May (Redbank) - 254no in March 2007 grand final; and Mo Biggs (CYMS) - 233no in October 1933.

Sippel's tally for one day is the second highest behind Biggs.

Lethal left-hander Sippel scored a few centuries last season and had reached 200 before, including 221 in the 2005 grand final against Brothers.

However, even the classy Sippel was surprised with his latest knock.

"I didn't think I'd get another 100 ever again,'' Sippel said. "I'm getting a bit old.''

However, with years of experience behind him, Sippel produced something special on a slow wicket.

"There was no real aggression,'' he said.

"I was in fairly early and got an opportunity to bat a full day, which you don't get too often.

"You bat a full day and you can pretty much score anything.''

Sippel said less responsibility at the club was one of the reasons for his longevity.

After reducing his bowling in recent seasons, he's been able to concentrate on batting having recently moved to a new home at Gatton.

"I wasn't sure about the start of the season,'' he conceded. "I was probably thinking a bit more about work and the house and things like and probably not too much focus on cricket. But we've got other guys who have stepped up around the club.

"I haven't really had to do a lot with the ground work and stuff.

"It's more a case of just not having to be around the place all the time, like I was.''

Aware of the massive score Laidley already has, Sippel expects the unbeaten competition leaders to bat on when the match continues on Saturday.

"We're a fair way clear on the ladder and in a position where we probably can give our guys a good bat,'' he said, offering no respite for Swifts.

 

Other games

In the other first division matches which started on Saturday, Brothers are in charge against Thunder and Centrals have started a promising run chase playing Taipans.

After dismissing Thunder for 79, Brothers reached 7/242 at stumps.

Centrals were 1/62 in pursuit of Taipans' first innings target off 229.

The three matches continue on Saturday.

In the Queensland Premier Grade competition, the Ipswich Logan Hornets are in early strife against the Sunshine Coast.

After restricting the home side to 9 (declared) 216, the Hornets collapsed to be 5/54.



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