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Splendid Sippel snares record

TERRIFIC TON: Laidley batsman Michael Sippel takes charge during his record-breaking century at Bichel Oval.
TERRIFIC TON: Laidley batsman Michael Sippel takes charge during his record-breaking century at Bichel Oval. David Nielsen

MICK Sippel has etched his name in Ipswich cricket history, notching the highest individual score in an A-grade limited-overs match during Laidley's demolition of Brothers at Bichel Oval on Saturday.

Sippel's classic innings of 151 not out was three times the score of the entire Brothers batting order who were rolled for 50 in reply to Laidley's mammoth 3-295.

The 37-year-old smashed nine sixes in the record-breaking innings that surpassed the previous milestone of 145 by fellow Blue Dog Brendan O'Keefe.

Incredibly, Centrals opener Sony Manghera also broke the previous record on Saturday with an innings of 146 in his team's big win over Alberton.

Sippel's record innings takes his season average to 234 and the former Queensland representative said a shift in focus and good coaching was behind his hot form.

"I've done a lot of work on my game this year," Sippel said.

"Come Saturday, people don't see the work I put in behind the scenes but I've worked really hard on my fitness and I'm as fit as I've been in a long time. But the biggest thing this year is Craig Jesberg coming on board as coach.

"Last year I probably spent more time worrying about what everyone else was doing rather than my own scores.

"This year with Craig around, I haven't had to do that.

"At training I'm just one of the boys hitting cricket balls.

"I go to cricket now and I'm relaxed, thinking about my own game.

"Cricket is 95% mental and when you go to a game ready to play, the results come."

Jesberg's influence has delivered tangible on-field results for the Blue Dogs since the competition kicked off in September.

With this double bonus point win, Laidley has secured maximum points from every game they have played this year.

Sippel said that result was pleasing but warned there could be even better things ahead.

"You can see it across the whole club this year," he said.

"Everyone is confident and playing well.

"Jason Cubit's innings was fantastic yesterday as well but we will have to look closely at our whole batting order in coming weeks.

"Travis Ilka will return and Alex Welsh is arriving from England so that will add great depth to our batting order."

As good as Laidley was with the bat against Brothers, opening bowlers Ben Gibson and Matthew Dean were equally impressive.

The pair took seven wickets between them and at one stage had the visitors reeling at 6-12 after only seven overs.

Laidley will look to keep their perfect record alive next weekend when they host Northsiders.

Topics:  bichel oval brothers laidley blue dogs mick sippel



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