FOR SIX: Hornets opener Daniel Wilson has been in scintillating form with the bat to start the season.
FOR SIX: Hornets opener Daniel Wilson has been in scintillating form with the bat to start the season. David Nielsen

Wilson leads the way for Hornets

DANIEL Wilson is averaging 140 runs so far this season, yet his Ipswich/Logan cricket side find themselves winless from two outings.

The Hornets' opener managed a commendable three centuries in the first grade competition last season, but looks certain to smash that tally following knocks of 119 and 161 to open his 2017/18 campaign.

Yet for all his dominance at the top of the order, the Hornets have struggled to post a winning score.

In the season opener against Valleys, the Hornets' 228 was chased down by the hosts inside 30 overs.

Last weekend, a Tom Healy and Joe Burns-led Northern Suburbs dropped just two wickets on their way to 2/323.

Wilson aside, the Hornets struggled for partnerships in the middle order and were bowled all-out for 267.

Hornets player-coach Geoff Paulsen believes that continuity will come in time for the start of the two-day competition, but in the meantime he and the rest of the team are enjoying Wilson's impressive start.

"It's not all that surprising, but at the same time it is a little bit,” Paulsen said.

"He's obviously a really good cricketer, but he had a tough pre-season with his foot in a boot for five weeks.

"I think being injured can actually ram home just how much you want to get back in and playing cricket, so it probably refreshed him in that sense.

"Sitting on the sidelines for five weeks throwing balls to everyone isn't what you want to be doing.”

Wilson saw things a little differently though.

"At 33 it's not the worst time to be in a moon boot, you don't have to do all the hard work the other guys are doing,” he said with a laugh.

"I think at the start of any season you're always itching to go.

"For me the coaching I was doing probably made me put into action some of the things I was telling the others.

"If you're constantly preaching to people it can brush off on your own game.

"It's been a good start to the year, but a couple of wins would be a lot nicer.”

Rather than take a negative view to the Hornets' start to the season, Wilson highlighted the team's propensity to start slow and ramp things up as a reason to remain optimistic.

"If you look at previous seasons we've come from a long way behind with our limited overs cricket,” he said.

"In my three years here it hasn't been a huge focus for us, although this year we have put a bit of focus on it and I think the first two games we have played better, we've just run into some handy teams.

"Whilst it's been difficult it's also a good challenge for us.

"This month of cricket we've had playing one-day games with all the first-class players available for the opposition sides really sets us up to perform well.

"If anything it just gives us a realistic gauge of where we're at and what needs to be improved.”

With a number of new faces at the Hornets this season, including young spinner Harry Macoun, Wilson sees a bright future for the club.

"Harry will be a great addition for us, I expect him to play a big role in the two-day cricket and help us push for that top-four spot,” Wilson said.

"The club is in a good position to have a really successful season, and hopefully (the upgraded facilities at) Marsden are up and running soon. The future is looking good.”

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