TOILING HARD: Northsiders bowler Ryan Benson.
TOILING HARD: Northsiders bowler Ryan Benson. Rob Williams

Tribute to a fine cricket leader

THIS week has been a sombre one as most of the Ipswich cricket community has been in shock over the sudden passing of Troy Salton, the scorer and manager of Northsiders Cricket Club.

Troy was one of the true gentlemen of Ipswich cricket and was very much the heart and soul of the Northsiders dressing room.

He was one of the great volunteers that the Australian community produces and this will greatly affect the Tigers going into the future.

Northsiders vice president Scott Fryer penned a touching tribute.

"Troy's loss to the cricket family and Northsiders Cricket Club cannot be measured simply,'' Fryer said. "His impact on not only the Tigers but multiple generations of cricketers through his coaching of junior teams, management of representative teams and, more recently, his stewardship of both Northsiders Milo Program and 1st Division sides was so great.

"Troy's enthusiasm for the game was nothing short of infectious and his care for those around him was never from the surface. There are many of us whom cricket is unlikely to be same again without seeing 'Lofty' and his infectious smile at a game and I am one of them.''

There have been many Facebook posts and comments that this little column can not provide coverage for and does not do justice to Troy.

Troy has passed on to his son, Dominic, many of his great attributes and that is half the battle as a parent. Both are true gentlemen and Troy will be deeply missed.

Vale Troy Salton.

Tough season for Tigers

NORTHSIDERS have endured a very tough year on the field in all grades.

They haven't had much luck and unfortunately Troy Salton's passing will bring an end to the sad season for them.

They finish their campaign with a game against Centrals at Limestone Park today.

I am sure Northsiders will fight hard as they are a proud club with tremendous history.

Their supporters are some of the best and most parochial going around. The Tigers past and present stalwarts will no doubt be out in force today in tribute to Salton's legacy.

One-day incentive

ALL Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association matches will be 40 over affairs with incentive points on the line.

Most interest will be on the race to see who will host the semi-final in the top grade.

At Laidley, minor premiers Blue Dogs will be keen to show their dominance over a potential grand finalist rival, third- placed Brothers.

This game should be a cracker with both teams having great batting line-ups.

The bowlers could be in for a torrid time.

Centrals lead Brothers by a mere 77 runs and will probably still need to beat an emotionally charged Northsiders team to ensure a home semi-final.

Laidley will be keen to wrap the minor premierships lower grades as well if results go their way today. They are chasing a win against last placed Brothers in Second Grade.

In Third Grade, a win over Redbacks Red at Gatton coupled with a Centrals loss to third-placed Redbacks White, will deliver them that goal.

Though they collected all senior minor premierships two years ago, it is still a very rare achievement.

Centrals' third Baxter title

THE T20 grand final on Monday night was a damp squib quite literally as the late afternoon thunderstorm washed away Fassifern's dream and delivered Centrals their third Baxter Big Bash title in their sixth straight final.

Centrals coach Scott Barrett and captain Matt Guest deserve a lot of praise for this achievement as their dedication, hard work and spirit in turning the Kookaburras fortunes around after the loss of 11 players from their top two teams from last season.

Fassifern can be proud of what they achieved in this competition as it was against other first grade teams.

A win in Second Grade over Northsiders today will give Fassifern a shot at defending their title in finals' cricket.

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