Young Hornets place platform
THE Ipswich Logan Hornets third grade side has marked its debut with a win.
The Hornets bowled Sandgate-Redcliffe out for 159 at Ivor Marsden 1 last Saturday then chased down the runs with five wickets in hand and an over to spare.
For captain Nathan Fisher, it has erased any doubts about the merits of the Hornets fielding a third grade side in the Queensland competition.
Critics have said the team would erode the quality of the Ipswich and West Moreton competition.
But Fisher doubts many, if any, of his team would be playing for Ipswich clubs.
Instead they would have been lost to the Hornets rivals in the Queensland competition.
"They're a good bunch of young blokes," Fisher said.
"There's some talent coming through. The majority are out of Taverners (under-16s).
"They'll be the first grade side in five years."
Others say the Hornets should concentrate on getting their top grades strong first.
But Fisher firmly believes in the pyramid model, where if the bottom is strong, the foundations are there for the top to rise.
"It's a big step for young blokes (going into Queensland grade cricket)," he said.
"They've got to come through the lower grades.
"They can't go straight into first grade in Brisbane. And if they're wanting to play Brisbane grade cricket, they're not going to be playing in Ipswich.
"At least this way we're keeping our juniors.
"Look at Sam Truloff.
"He scored 50 odd not out for Wests (first grade against Ipswich).
"He should have been playing for Ipswich."
Top scorer for the Hornets thirds was first drop Mitch Raine (41), after openers Michael Miller (33) and Joel Gillet (39) got the home team off to the ideal start.
"The two openers batted well," Fisher said.
"Michael batted really well."
It was a combined effort with the ball, with Fisher praising young off-spinner Isaac Trigar.
Just as impressive was the work in the field.
"It was a good team effort," Fisher said. "We fielded great.
"There was good catching and a direct hit run out.
"We kept them under pressure and they didn't get away at any stage."
Fisher admitted captaining the team was difficult because he didn't know most of his teammates.
As such he was grateful to the help he received from club officials Tony Potbury and Wayne Bichel.