Time for Aussies to stay on top

THE happy news of the week comes from the Australian team after they regained the number one ranking for Test cricket.

The ranking system started in 2003.

Teams get one point for a Test win, half a point for a draw and a bonus point for a series win.

Results over the past two years carry their full value, while points accumulated 3-4 years ago are halved. All results before four years ago are disregarded.

Australia, in their dominant era, was anointed as the world's best in 2003. However, they were deposed after back-to-back series losses to South Africa and England in 2009.

Since then, England, India, South Africa and Australia have all had a go at the top, all for only short stints.

Here's hoping we can maintain our recent dominance in which Steve Smith has never been defeated in his 11 Tests as Australia's captain.

A tour to Sri Lanka and tough home series against Pakistan and South Africa will test our mantle over the next year.



THE Ipswich Logan Hornets have 130 runs to defend and seven wickets to get if they are to finish on a high at Robina.

It was a good comeback after an early loss of wickets but there is still a lot of work to be done.

It could be a big day for English import Matt Dunn, who is due while paceman Sean Lutter and spinner Jack Wood will also fill important roles in trying to extract the Gold Coast batsmen.

The Hornets have the ability but it will a big test in self-belief on a flat pitch on a hot day.

In Hornets third grade team, young Aiden Bichel took 8/42 bowling his legspinners.

It's a stunning performance and bodes well for Hornets future.



AN honourable mention should go to Anthony "Chooky" Fowler from Swifts.

He has been in some excellent bowling form of late.

The former Queensland under-19 rugby league player and cricketer has snared 14 wickets at an average 6.6 in his past three games.

Another veteran going great guns is Kev Cumming, who is set to crash through 200 wickets for Northsiders.

Only 45 bowlers in the history of Ipswich cricket have taken 200 wickets for an individual club.

Ian Dionysius is the only bowler to take 200 for two different clubs, a record that seems to be safe.

However, Dionysius will probably lose his title of greatest rungetter in the association history.

He accumulated 8361 runs at an average of 37.16 over 22 seasons.

He started his career as a young fast bowler at East Ipswich, before moving over to Norths after Easts folded in 1973. He worked on his batting to become an allrounder.

In 1979, he jumped ship to Warwick Road and became arguably the best player in the association at that time with both bat and ball. He finished his career at Centrals as an opener in 1993.

Michael Sippel is only 83 runs behind. The former Queensland representative has 8279 runs at 57.49.

Sippel returned from South Brisbane in 2003 and has been a thorn in most sides since.

It could be a fitting farewell if he knocks off that tally in the grand final to give Laidley its three-peat.



JUNIOR grand finals start tomorrow with minor premier Laidley taking on Centrals White at Baxter Oval.

In Under 14s, Pool A sees Fassifern/Northsiders take on Centrals Maroon at Marsden No.1.

Pool B sees Brothers take on Thunder's Bolts on Marsden No.3.

Key statistics

  • Top 10 run getters in IWMCA history
  • Ian Dionysius (1971-2006) 8361 at 37.16
  • Michael Sippel (2003-) 8279 at 57.49
  • Malcolm Biggs (1925-48) 7979 at 48.36
  • Vince O'Sullivan (1947-74) 7609 at 30.56
  • Grant Stallard (1986-2008) 7184 at 34.21
  • Brian May (2000-15) 7076 at 124.14
  • Joe McCormack (1904-34) 6596 at 29.98
  • Kev Kinnane (1956-80) 6371 at 27.94
  • Ken Johnson (1961-82) 6349 at 35.87
  • Len Johnson (1938-68) 6127 at 34.81.

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