Two down, one to go for high-flying Laidley
LAIDLEY moved one step closer to clinching the club's first title treble at Baxter Oval last night.
The Blue Dogs were heavy favourites in the lead-up to the T20 final against Centrals and were quick to show why.
A strong start to the Centrals batsmen was cut short as the Blue dogs turned to their spinners for wickets.
Laidley bowlers Jack Wood (3/18), Alex Welsh (2/19) and Michael Sippel (3/9) ripped in to the Centrals batting order, restricting the side to a total of 114 from 19.1 overs.
Ben O'Connell proved the best of the Centrals batsmen with a strong half century from 33 balls, while Luke Barrett 15 (18) and Jason O'Sullivan 11 (15) also doing their part.
From there it was all Blue Dogs as the side dropped just one wicket on their way to a successful run chase.
Laidley needed only 11 overs to chase down Centrals score with Ipswich Logan Hornets batsman Anthony Wilson scoring an unbeaten 67 to guide his side to victory.
Unavailable for the one-day and two-day competitions, Wilson said he was happy to do his part for the Blue Dogs as they chase a title in all three disciplines.
"It was good to have a win, big focus for them this season," he said.
"They've been the best all year and just need one more win in a few weeks.
"Hopefully they can go all the way."
Laidley are in an unassailable position in first place for the two-day competition with one final round against the second-placed Taipans remaining.
Blue Dogs run-machine Mick Sippel said his side hoped to make history with the first title treble.
"Previously we've won two of the three competitions but never all three," he said.
"We've always treated the T20 as a bit of fun and a good chance for some of our former juniors to keep in touch with the club."
The second-placed Taipans are likely to be the Blue dogs opposition in the two-day grand final, with both sides yet to face-off in the regular rounds.
"Our last match with the Taipans was called off due to rain," Sippel said.
"We know very little about them so this weekend will be a good chance for us to see where they are at.
"We will be treating it like a semi-final."
With a home game against Brothers this weekend, Centrals Jason O'Sullivan said his side will need a win to potentially meet Laidley again in the final of the two-day competition.
"It will be a big game against Brothers," he said.
"We need a win to cement a spot in the finals."
O'Sullivan said the fourth-placed Brothers had found the right form leading into the finals.
"Brothers have really started to hit their straps," he said.
"We are feeling confident coming off the bye round.
"We will be looking to get back into it this weekend."
Having lost to Laidley in the T20 final, O'Sullivan said his side would not be daunted by the idea of a grand-final rematch.
"Laidley are going to be a tough side to beat," he said.
"They have a very good side across the park and any team would have to play well to beat them.
"We've got some work to do, but we will just worry about beating Brothers this weekend."