Thunder strikes down Brothers
THE new generation announced its presence on day one of the Ipswich West Moreton Division One cricket competition.
Second season wonders Thunder, with four teenagers in their midst, took just 74.1 overs to dispose of defending one-day champions Brothers at Ivor Marsden 2.
A Brothers team missing captain and last season's leading run-scorer Luke Dixon were still bristling with seasoned veterans.
But they were blown out of the water by the likes of Lachlan Vellacott (1-17 and 39 not out), Jacob Maroske (3-18) and Stephen Behrendorff (2-18) on a helpful pitch for the team bowling first.
Thunder were without their two most senior, and arguably best players in Lee Mutzelburg and Matt Muller.
Their absence meant 24-year-old debutante Aaron Nugter had to take on an immediate leadership role but the young Thunder charges did not need much guidance.
"The thing with the young kids is their enthusiasm," Nugter said.
"They're not bothered by the occasion.
"We had three players playing their first A grade game.
"Lachlan and Noah (van de Werken) looked right at home."
Nugter has moved from Northsiders to join his brother Tobias in the Thunder team, having seen many of his mates depart the Tigers since last summer.
He took it as an opportunity to return to the Marburg club he played for previously, and where his dad remains club president.
Marburg and Mt Crosby joined forces three years ago to form the Thunder.
When Nugter came to the crease on Saturday with Thunder reeling at 2-14, he thought he was on a rescue mission.
"I was nervous," he admitted, at the prospect of turning out for a new team.
"I thought I'd have to score the majority of the runs.
"But Lachlan, his composure was exceptional.
"He had a risky start but as he went on he hit Craig (Cumming) back over his head a few times.
"He didn't look out of place."
Vellacott had some luck with the ball early on too, which may have helped convince the Thunder it was their day.
His wicket was that of highly credentialed all-rounder Michael Ridgewell, caught at short mid-wicket by Jacob Maroske.
"He smashed it into him," Nugter said.
"Everyone was looking for where it went. It stuck between his arm and his ribs."
The win has given Nugter a boost after agonising over his decision to leave Northsiders.
However he's not claiming one win means a good season is inevitable.
"I think in years to come, when these young kids develop they can go places," he said.
"Saturday was a stepping stone."