The first double century in first grade this summer was one to savour, while another Georgia Voll ton was a highlight as there was action aplenty through the grades in the KFC Queensland Premier Cricket competition. CAM VELLACOTT puts the spotlight on last weekend's men's and women's competitions.
Hearne Shines For Toombul
Round 2 Week 1 | Hearne and Heazlett Shine, Ryan Continues to be a Gem in Week 1 of Round 2, Voll Goes Big Again
It was a cracking first weekend of the second red ball match of the summer. Batters were able to cash in and make big scores in some games, while some bowlers stood above the rest with impressive performances.
At Toombul, it was all about emerging New South Wales talent Lachlan Hearne (pictured above playing in the KFC T20 Max earlier this season). The young number 3 dominated the Sunshine Coast bowling attack, hitting 9 maximums and 19 boundaries en route to 202* off only 216 balls.
The left hander showed a mixture of classy stroke play and ruthless power hitting. His display made it easy to see why New South Wales selectors elevated him into the Shield side last season and why he could be a very handy player now he is based in the Sunshine State.
Remarkably outside of Hearne, none of Toombul’s top 7 passed 40. Daniel Cranitch (66 off 66) cleared the rope three times to help see Toombul reach 9/424d. Sunshine Coast are 0/7 at stumps.
Sam Heazlett (117 off 146) guided Redlands to a big score of 395 against the home side Gold Coast. The reigning premiers showed why they will again be pushing for silverware, their strong middle order dominating.
Heazlett and fellow Queensland regular James Bazley (64 off 77) combined for a 113 run stand to see Redlands 3/186 when Bazley was dismissed. Skipper Leigh Drennan (94 off 147) took control of the match after Heazlett’s dismissal at 4/246. Drennan chipped away and turned strike, eventually dismissed by Tasmanian product Bailey Kenzie (3/88) three runs short of their final total.
It was a thrilling day's play at Ivor Marsden Oval in the battle of the West. Wests were in early trouble at 3/39, with young firebrand Josh Creevey (3/50) taking all three wickets. But Tom Campbell (84 off 120) was able to see off the spell for Wests and start to show his class at number 3. Still in a vulnerable position at 5/115, Jared Sippel (69 off 105) showed maturity to see his side reach 235 all out. Ipswich fast bowler Jem Ryan (4/53) backed up his stellar last match with another good outing.
With little more than 20 overs to face in the day, Ipswich had little to gain yet plenty to lose. Unfortunately for the home side, it was the latter. Queensland fast bowler Blake Edwards (4/38) charged in and hit the deck hard, quickly taking the first three wickets. The Wood brothers combined at the crease for a much needed Ipswich counterpunch, before Dylan Murphy (2/19) dismissed Jack (42 off 33) with the help of some outstanding fielding, and Harry (38 off 43) shortly after. Edwards finished the afternoon with a edge behind, Wests well and truly with their tails up. Ipswich are still in the match at 6/103, however it will be a mammoth effort if they do go onto win.
Norths and Souths are poised in an even affair at Ian Healy Oval. Electing to bowl first, the home side Norths made early inroads to have Souths in a tough spot at 4/59. Fresh off his 100th first grade cap for Souths, opener Lucky Peterson (89 off 164) dug in with Chathura Kaluthanthri (62 off 101) to put on a 130 run stand. Noah McFadyen (6/78) was immense for his side, dismissing both Kaluthanthri and Peterson to swing momentum back to his side’s favour. Souths tail toiled their way to eventually be all out 257. With 22 overs to bat, Josh Brown (61 off 51)) did his big bashing best to reduce the runs remaining. Souths struck three times before stumps, Norths 3/128 at stumps.
It was the worst possible start for Valley against Uni, skipper Josh Neill bowled first ball by a Matt Willans beauty.
More excitement ensued second ball as Max Bryant walked down the wicket at Willans to edge one through fourth slip for four. Soon after Callum Henderson (3/54) trapped Dylan McLachlan (4 off 8) in front to have Valley 2/8.
Unfortunately for the home side Uni, their success halted there as Bryant (77 off 90) and Jack Beath (36 off 100) batted until after lunch. A collapse of 4/31 left Valley needing a big effort from their tail, which they did receive.
Paddy Cotter (44 off 83), Zanden Jeh (39* off 105), and Callum Vidler (34* off 40) saw their score reach 9/277d. Unbelievably, University also lost a wicket on the first ball of their innings! Benji Floros (2/17) trapped Harry Walker in front first ball and then bowled Max Clayton shortly after to leave Uni 2/29 at stumps.
Sandgate-Redcliffe openers Daniel Fielding (82 off 217) and Daniel Seaton (39 off 59) got their side off to a strong start, passing 50 without loss. Fielding was his sides anchor, no other batter able to pass 50 against the disciplined Wynnum-Manly bowling attack.
After Fielding was dismissed with Sandgate 4/192, it was a steady flow of wickets for the Wynnum bowlers. Josh Fraser (5/82) and Tom Eyley (3/55) were damaging and helped see the Gators all out 245. Wynnum’s openers survived the 7 overs before stumps 0/26.
The T20 action continued in the Katherine Raymont Shield, with all teams playing two games last Sunday.
There were a string of impactful performances across the women's first grade matches, none more so than Sandgate-Redcliffe's Georgia Voll, who warmed up for this week's Weber Women's Big Bash League with a 62-ball 103 in the Gators comfortable win over a young Gold Coast team in their afternoon match.
Voll and Tess Cooper (63) produced a match-winning 2-200 before the Dolphins were bundled out for 77.
The Gators had earlier come adrift in their morning clash with Valley, which piled on 3-174 thanks to WBBL Heat and Fire batter Mikaya Hinkley (62) and promising Lucy Bourke (55). A disciplined Valley bowling effort dismissed Sandgate-Redcliffe for 89 in reply.
Another WBBL Heat player, Courtney Sippel, led the charge for Western Suburbs as they won a close one over Valley, which had Heat and Fire batter Mikaya Hinkley front and centre in their chase.
Sippel (51) and Kath Smith Medallist Ruby Strange (40) helped Wests to 4-145, with Valley held to 7-142 despite sound efforts from Hinkley (38), Megan Jones (49no) and Kira Holmes (27).
In their earlier game, the Wests duo of Strange (41no) and Ryleigh Wotherspoon (50no) made sure the Bulldogs got the points as they took their side to 1-112 to chase down Gold Coast's total of 6-111 which featured a determined 30 from former Fire squad member Abigail Godfrey and a better than a run-a-ball 29 from Alvina Rauf.
Wynnum-Manly won both of their games, upsetting University of Queensland in the morning match through a fine double from allrounder Holly Barr (3-9 and 24) and then overcoming Ipswich in the afternoon, with a hat-trick to young leg-spinner Amreen Kahlon a highlght.The afternoon game also featured a fine 59no from Rebecca Riddell as the Sea Eagles enjoyed a win at home.
Former NZ opener Rachel Priest (47no off 32) and Queensland Under-19 wicket-keeper Mikayla Wrigley (42no) made quick work of their pursuit of Ipswich's 7-99 as the Sunshine Coast reached the target without losing a wicket. However UQ turned the tables on the Scorchers in the afteroon match, holding them to 95, with the consistent Charni Bloxsom taking 4-20, before scoring 6-96 to clinch the win.
TOTW 14th & 15th of October
1. Georgia Voll 103 (62) – Sandgate-Redcliffe
2. Sam Heazlett 117 (146) - Redlands
3. Lachlan Hearne 202* (216) – Toombul
4. Mikayla Hinkley 62 (45) – Valley
5. Tom Campbell 84 (120) – Western Suburbs
6. Leigh Drennan 94 (147) (WK) - Redlands
7. Jared Sippel 69 (105) – Western Suburbs
8. Joshua Fraser 5/82 – Wynnum-Manly
9. Amreen Kahlon, 3-14 (inc hat-trick) – Wynnum-Manly
10. Blake Edwards 4/38 – Western Suburbs
11. Charni Bloxsom 4/20 – University of Queensland
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