Taipans consolidate finals spot after striking down Thunder

EASTERN Taipans added another name to its growing list of Ipswich and West Moreton scalps with a seven-wicket win over Thunder on Saturday.

The win - the Taipans' second outright this season - consolidates their spot in the top-three with two matches remaining.

The Taipans' bowlers showed the way on their home pitch after the Thunder made 138 in their second innings after resuming at 2-15 on day two.

Isaac van de Werken (22) and Tobias Nugter (21) tried their best to stem the damage for the Thunder, but neither could stay in long enough as the Taipans were left needing just 91 runs for victory.

With rain imminent, the Taipans aimed for a quick run chase.

This was somewhat dented when opener Daniel Packer was caught on nine, but Brodie Dwyer picked up the pace.

The left-hander was in imperious form, blasting an unbeaten 58 off about 30 deliveries to bring up the winning runs in the 15th over.

"We could see the rain coming so we knew we had to attack and go hard," Dwyer said.

"We needed those outright points to keep us in the hunt (for the finals) and we were ultimately focussed on getting an outright win.

"Credit must go to the Thunder.

"They didn't lie down and fought until the last ball."

The Taipans have now won three of their past four matches, but have a tough run leading into the finals, including the ever-improving Swifts and the all-conquering Laidley.

"I think our form has been great and we're starting to come together at the right time of the year," Dwyer said.

"On our day I reckon we can beat anyone in the competition and we're heavily gearing up for that game against Laidley.

"Everyone knows they are the team to beat and we would need to bring our best cricket to beat them and get into the finals."

At Bichel Oval, Brendan O'Keeffe smashed 94 and Michael Sippel made 56 as Laidley secured a first innings victory over Northsiders.

Meanwhile, a tremendous bowling effort helped Brothers get first innings points against Swifts at Ivor Marsden No.2.

Resuming at 5-73 in reply to Brothers' first innings score of 131, Swifts' middle order and tail weren't able to come away with the win, crashing to 118 all out.

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