Cavaliers stung by Hornets
EXPERIENCE counts for plenty in cricket.
The Ipswich Logan Hornets took just two seam bowlers to Toowoomba Cavaliers for their Webb Shield clash on Sunday.
But 44-year-old Steven Lewis and 39-year-old Nathan Fisher got the job done to put the Hornets in with a shot at the final.
The Hornets batted first and made a respectable 195 on a tricky pitch, with Wilson brothers Dan (50) and Anthony (58) leading the way.
It was then up to the Fisher and Lewis to make the early breakthroughs with the ball.
The veterans didn't disappoint, Lewis claiming 5-20 and Fisher nabbing 2-42 as Toowoomba was dismissed for 188.
"One bloke came out swinging," Fisher said, referring to Toowoomba opener Blake Anderson, who top scored with 68.
"I could have got him out for a duck but I dropped a caught and bowled chance.
"I had to dive sideways."
It didn't matter, with Lewis and Fisher demonstrating the benefits of experience and faith in one's methods.
Fisher even managed to hit a batsman in the lip with a bit of bounce, showing his almost four-decade-old-body still has some life in it.
"Other than one guy we contained their other batters," Fisher said. "It was a hard batting deck - a bit two paced."
The Webb Shield has given the Hornets a great chance to play some extra cricket.
More importantly it has served as a club-building exercise by getting players from all three of the club's Queensland Premier grade sides in the one team.
"It's a good bunch of blokes," the Hornets third grade skipper said.
"It's good to play with guys from different grades you don't usually get to play with."
If the Hornets win their final match, against the Ipswich Pioneers at Limestone Park on November 22, they stand a good chance of contesting the final.
Fisher was never selected for the Pioneers in his playing days in the Ipswich and West Moreton competition and thinks it will make for an absorbing clash.
"I'm sure we won't be stacking the side and will stick with what we've got,'' he said.
Fisher rated the Queensland under 19s a better side than Toowoomba. They are now favourites to take out the competition.
Webb Shield, Round 2
- Ipswich Logan Hornets 195 (A Wilson 58, D Wilson 50) def Toowoomba 188 (S Lewis 5-20, J Wood 3-38).
- Qld U19 8-295 (A Welsh 3-45, R O'Sullivan 2-43) def Ipswich Pioneers 181 (D Blackman 42, C Moncada 41).