Thunder struck by Hickson
WHAT Dylan Hickson failed to do with the bat he more than made up for with the ball against Thunder on Saturday.
The Mount Crosby/Marburg boys may have fancied their chances when they dismissed Swifts for 150 at Ivor Marsden 2
The Swifts batting order had failed to fire in support of opener Joel Hall's 47, aside from number six Andrew Pratt's 33.
"We were hoping for 180-200," Swifts all-rounder Cameron Wood said.
"But the deck was soft.
"The sun didn't come out so it didn't harden up.
"They chose to bowl so 150 was just under par."
Wood was a victim of the moisture in the pitch left over from Thursday's rain.
"I had one that cut back a long way and knocked out my off stump," said Wood, who made 16.
"I was going forward and it cut me in half."
Wood was justifiably grateful that Hall and Pratt were able to stick around as long as they did.
Hall's patient innings came after getting dropped back to reserve grade and responding with a century last round.
First drop Hickson was out for a duck, bowled by Corey Teske.
But he made amends when Thunder came in to bat.
Hickson took 5-27, including three wickets in an over.
Thunder fell from 2-55 to 8-57 to limp to the edge of defeat at 8-65.
"We bowled very well," Wood said.
"They started well.
"They had a bit of a partnership (between Jacob Maroske and Fred Watts) and one over went for about 12."
DYLAN Hickson bowled 14 overs without change for his five-wicket-haul, but it was the drinks break that rejuvenated him.
Before it he had figures of 0-18, then took 5-12 in a five over spell the Thunder couldn't counter.
"We had drinks, Dylan got a wicket and got a roll on," Wood said.
"He just bowled too fast for them - full and straight and they were just missing it."
The notoriously media shy Hickson was obviously hurting form his lack of contribution with the bat and was determined to make an impact with the ball.
"He said he wanted to keep going so you let him go," Wood said.
"After he got out he sat for a couple of hours and didn't say anything."
Wood predicted if Swifts could dismiss the final two Thunder batsmen early on Saturday the Bluebirds would look to bat for 30-40 overs and try to set up an outright win.
"Hopefully we come out and go bang in the first five overs," Wood said.
"It would be good to get a few points early in the season."
In the weekend's other A grade matches Northsiders has claimed first innings points against Eastern Taipans.
Taipans were dismissed for 65 first time around and were 1-6 in their second innings at stumps.
Meanwhile Laidley are on target for first innings points against Centrals at Mark Marsh Oval.
Opening batter Jason Cubit put his team in a strong position, finishing not out at stumps with Laidley 2-63. The Bluedogs had earlier dismissed Centrals for 146 with Andrew McIntosh the star, taking 5-26.