Smashing lesson for Ipswich cricketers
HAVING one of cricket's best hitters smash 36 off 22 deliveries gave the Ipswich Logan Hornets a welcome boost at the top of their T20 batting order.
However, it wasn't just the blazing start from New Zealand master blaster Brendon McCullum that helped the Hornets in today's Queensland Premier Grade encounter.
Although the Hornets lost the game to Northern Suburbs in Brisbane, McCullum had the desired impact. He left a positive mark on the Ipswich and Logan cricketers as he led the way with the bat and in the field.
Hornets player/coach Geoff Paulsen was pleased how McCullum shared his knowledge at Ian Healy Oval.
"It was a good thing for the boys to see how he goes about his cricket,'' Paulsen said. "His thinking and the way he conducts himself.''
McCullum opened the innings with Hornets regular Dan Wilson, hitting three fours and two big sixes before being caught on the third man boundary.
The former Kiwi skipper then took his place at first slip, assisting Hornets captain Anthony Wilson.
"He played a big role out in the field, helping out with field positions and lines,'' Paulsen said.
"He just fit in really well. He's been one of the boys.''
The Hornets lost the clash after scoring 130 before Norths chased down the target in 18.2 overs, losing five wickets.
Another international player, Joe Burns, did the damage for Norths with 53 off 29 balls, including three sixes in a row.
Captain McCullum and Burns will be Brisbane Heat teammates in this year's Big Bash League starting this month.
The Heat open their 2016/17 BBL campaign against the Strikers in Adelaide on December 21. Their first home game at the Gabba is against the Hurricanes on December 30.
After climbing into the top four in the two-day Queensland Premier Grade competition, the Hornets had a tough weekend in the T20 series.
In Saturday's T20 matches, the Hornets lost to Sandgate Redcliffe in the morning game before going down to Sunshine Coast in the afternoon encounter.
Against Sandgate Redcliffe, Ben Maynard topscored with 62 not out as the Hornets chased a massive 4/235 off 20 overs.
The Hornets finished 9/147 at Kerry Emery Oval.
In the Sunshine Coast game at John Blanch Oval, the Hornets could only muster 91 with lower order batsman Jack Wood topscoring with 21.
The home side reached the target in just 12.2 overs.
The Queensland Premier Grade two-day competition resumes on January 7, when the Hornets play Toombul at Ken Mackay Oval.