Swifts Jarred Lacey (left).
Swifts Jarred Lacey (left). Claudia Baxter

Swifts get a roll on as Taipans are dispatched

LOOK out, Swifts are on a roll.

The Bluebirds followed up their Premier League win over Central Districts on Saturday with a Twenty20 defeat of Eastern Taipans at Mark Marsh Oval on Monday night.

After posting 2-150 Swifts restricted Taipans to 9-116.

"We're on a little bit of a roll," Swifts captain Jarred Lacey said.

"We got off to a bit of a slow start but luckily had a few wickets in hand.

"We were one down for 100 in the 15th over so we were able to launch a late attack."

Tim Woodford top scored for the Bluebirds with 53 and was well supported by Lacey (34) and Brisbane Wests' dual signed Bryce Carseldine (34).

"He's been smoking them in first grade in Brisbane," Lacey said of Carseldine.

"It's good for our young blokes to learn off."

Taipans were never in the hunt, losing wickets regularly, with Chris Mantell and Cameron Wood picking up three each.

"They had a couple of big hitters but they threw it all away," Lacey said.

"Like Taylor Peach.

"He had the opportunity to build an innings but third ball he tried to knock the cover off one and was bowled middle stump."

Lacey rated his team's bowling and fielding as the keys to its success.

"We were not scoring freely but I thought we could defend 120 on that track," he said.

"We were lucky enough to make 150.

"Then we bowled tight lines and threw ourselves around in the field."

Last summer Swifts, who were only promoted to the top grade in 2009-10, began to show signs of progress and appear to have continued their improvement this season, with two wins in both the weekend competition and the Twenty20s.

"Whenever you win it builds confidence," Lacey said.

"Young blokes from first grade are coming up and having a crack."



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