Sippel snuffs out Centrals' bid
IF confidence breeds success, Central Districts are not far off a breakthrough.
Centrals opener Wayne Jones talked up his team’s chances going into day two of their clash at Bichel Oval on Saturday and he was almost vindicated.
Almost but not quite as Laidley passed Centrals’ total with eight wickets down to end any chance they had of reaching the finals.
Resuming at 7-199, Centrals reached a competitive 230 after Laidley all-rounder Michael Sippel (5-65) took the remaining three wickets.
Centrals then showed they are nothing if not tough competitors, reducing the home team to 8-191 and putting them within tantalising reach of an upset win.
But the Blue Dogs never roll over and tailenders Jarrod Bichel (18 not out) and Michael Topp (30) ensured Laidley remained on top of the Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association Division One ladder, after Sippel (83) had done the hard work.
“It was a good game in the end,” Laidley captain Chris Wilson said.
To Centrals’ credit, they went close to doing what no-one else has done this season – beat Laidley.
But with Sippel in a determined mood and a strong batting lower order, Wilson never thought the game was getting out of reach.
“Even though we lost regular wickets, while Mick was there I was always confident,” he said.
“We bat right though to 11 and that makes an enormous difference.”
Wilson praised his opponents’ effort.
“They’re an interesting side,” he said.
“Apart from Ben O’Connell, who’s just come back, they don’t really have any standouts. They’ve got a game plan and they’re good at it.
“They bowl medium pacers and set ring fields.
“They probably lack a little bit of firepower but they’re definitely on the improve.”
The one concern for Wilson, with matches against Brothers and Northsiders to come, was his team’s inconsistent batting.
“The first five or six wickets were probably batsmen getting themselves out,” he said.
“That really shouldn’t be happening but we had to score at four an over and that’s the way we play.
“Most guys haven’t batted in a long time.”