Hornets capitalise on big first innings to claim first win
IT HAS been a while coming but the Ipswich Logan Hornets have finally broken through for their first win of the season in the Queensland Premier first grade competition.
The Hornets capitalised on their big day one last week, with their 5-383 more than enough against Sandgate Redcliffe at Deagon on Saturday.
The declaration from the Hornets came before play began and they dismissed Sandgate Redcliffe for 236.
Hornets new recruit, Englishman Matthew Dunn made an immediate impression, dismissing Sandgate Redcliffe opener Bryce Street (7) for the first wicket of the day.
From there it was a combined effort from the bowling team with Sean Lutter claiming 3-33 and Todd Rasmussen and spinner Nick De Giusti two wickets each.
Hornets wicket keeper David Lyons also had a great day out, taking five catches behind the wicket and a stumping.
Lyons has a liking for Trevor Hohns Field, taking four catches and two stumpings last time he played there.
The Hornets did get some luck with the pitch, the week's rain giving it more life for the bowlers than when the Hornets batted on day one.
"It wasn't an absolute green top but there was a little bit of energy in it," Lyons said.
It was very much to the liking of the Hornets fast bowlers.
However Dunn, playing his first game of cricket in a month and his first in Brisbane, knows he has some acclimatising to do.
"He looks like a good, strong bowler," Lyons said.
"He's pretty compact in what he does and doesn't waste any energy."
Nor could he afford to as the Brisbane heat and humidity took its toll
"He had a few cramps," Lyons said of Dunn.
"He was getting the ball to come through, mainly in his first spell. He and Sean are on par for pace."
Lutter is one of the quicker bowlers in the competition and the big paceman from Boonah may have added a bit of mongrel to his bowling to increase his menace.
"Sean hits the wicket hard," Lyons said.
"He was the pick of our bowlers.
"He was tight and quick. He bounced a couple of their batsmen, which he hasn't done before."
The pitch may have been of some assistance but the Hornets still had to get past a high quality Sandgate Redcliffe batting line-up.
"Once we had Glenn Batticciotto and Corey Barsby out I think we started looking towards the end," Lyons said.
"We relaxed a bit and maybe took our foot off the pedal."
It enabled the home team's wicketkeeper Sam Underhill to make 77, but even that was not enough to threaten the Hornets' maiden win of the season.
Lyons believes the Hornets can continue their winning ways now they have made the breakthrough, particularly as their Englishman gets acclimatised.
"We've always had good morale and energy," Lyons said.
"It's just translating that into the field.
"Having Matt Dunn is a real boost to have someone of that quality.
"And with second grade chasing down 290 recently there are performances there."