Hornet stings Test rep before Toombul dominate

IPSWICH Logan Hornets teenage fast bowler Adam Smith will long remember Saturday.

Smith claimed the wicket of Ryan Harris, batting at first drop for Toombul, on day one of their Queensland first grade cricket clash at Toombul.

Not for the first time this season, the Hornets narrowly missed out on first innings points.

They were bowled out for 96 on a pitch offering assistance to the pace bowlers.

So it was perhaps fortunate Test quick Harris was playing as a batsman only and didn't bowl.

Instead, it was Ronan McDonald who starred for the home team, claiming a hat-trick as four Hornets batsmen succumbed for ducks.

But the Hornets proved they were up for the fight, reducing Toombul to 9-112 at stumps.

"The team went alright," Smith said. "We put in a competitive performance, which is good.

"I went alright with the ball."

Smith claimed 3-14, including the wicket of Harris, caught behind by a ball that moved away from the decorated Aussie rep.

"It was a privilege actually to bowl to him," Smith said.

"And a shock to get him out.

"There was a bit in the pitch, which was lucky for the pace bowlers."

Smith joined the Hornets mid-season last season after finishing high school and played second grade.

He started this year in first grade and has gone from strength to strength as his confidence has risen.

"I think I've been accepted into the team," the Eastern Heights-based town planning student said.

"I've gotten to know this level of cricket and how to switch on at certain times during the game as well."

Smith is confident the Hornets can still make a match of it and that things are looking good for the rest of the season.

"If we can get their last wicket, hopefully we can set a competitive total," he said.

"It will be good if we can bowl like we did on Saturday afternoon.

"They had a few big names.

"So from this performance, we have the belief we can compete at this level."

For Smith personally, it doesn't get much better.

"I want to play at the highest level I can," he said. "In the big scheme of things, this is where you want to be."

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