Webb Shield hopes slipping
IPSWICH'S Webb Shield campaign appears to be in tatters after an eight wicket loss to Toowoomba yesterday.
Things looked promising early on for the Ipswich Pioneers, despite being put into bat on a rain affected track, with Northsiders opening pair Glenn Lauchlan and Tim Wichura putting on 42 for the opening wicket.
Unfortunately it remained the highlight of the innings as wickets fell steadily and Ipswich was all out for 173.
Lauchlan top scored with 31 with the only other players to reach 20 Jason Cubit (24) and Aaron Nugter (28).
"In the end we did well to get what we did," Ipswich coach Craig Jesberg said.
"About 50 runs more would have made it interesting.
"It was hard to score."
In response Toowoomba captain and number three batter Troy Gurski (83 not out) guided last year's runners-up to a comfortable victory.
Jarrod Bichel (1-19) and Nick Vellacott (1-23) each claimed a wicket for Ipswich.
"We bowled good areas early on," Jesberg said.
"We just didn't have enough runs."
South Queensland representatives Craig Cumming (0-20), Rhys O'Sullivan (0-30) and Ben O'Connell (0-33) and former Queensland Country fast bowler Mark Sharrad (0-32) could not take a wicket between them.
But Jesberg insists it was not a result of bowling poorly.
"We bowl first in juicy conditions and it's a different ball game," Jesberg said.
"As the afternoon went on the wicket got flatter.
"The ball didn't swing.
"We bowled good areas and made them play. We just couldn't get the nick when they did.
"Benny (O'Connell) had two dropped chances. They were both tough chances but if they stick it's a different ball game."
The loss means Ipswich will have to win both of its remaining two Webb Shield matches, against Brisbane Warehouse next month and unbeaten Papua New Guinea in January to have any chance of reaching the final.