In the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition on Saturday, two destructive match-winning centuries from Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat allrounder Jack Wildermuth (Valley) and Ipswich’s Harry Wood were the stand-out individual performances.

In the star-studded Redlands Vs Valley clash, Wildermuth’s 113 (88) supported by half-centuries from Usman Khawaja and Andrew Gode proved too much for last year’s Kookaburra One Day premiers Redlands.

Whilst some valiant contributions from Jimmy Peirson (92 off 91) and interstate recruit Conor McInerney (75 off 47) got Tigers within reach, big wickets from spinner Zanden Jeh (3-54), Mark Steketee (3-50) and Wildermuth (2-41) secured the Valley win.

Out at Baxter Oval, Wood began the year in style with 115 (114) as the Ipswich Hornets amassed 6-305 before his bowlers reduced Sunshine Coast to 6-22, eventually claiming a big double bonus point victory. Down the coast at Bill Pippen Oval, reigning T20 premiers Gold Coast got the best of Western Suburbs in a rain-affected match, with Kyle Wisniewski claiming 5-26 for the Dolphins before Max Bryant blasted 82* (67) to chase down a bonus point victory.

Elsewhere in the opening round there were plenty of close contests with victories to Toombul, Wynnum-Manly and Northern Suburbs in a rematch of last season’s First Grade Grand Final against University of Queensland.     

In the Katherine Raymont Shield, it was some big name wicket-keeper batters in Josie Dooley (Western Suburbs), Beth Mooney (Sandgate-Redcliffe) and Chelsea Gan (Wynnum-Manly/Redlands) who led their sides to victory. Maximising the early September start in Queensland the SA Scorpions Josie Dooley returned home to produce the 2nd highest individual score in the competition, piling on 179* before Wests teammate Holly Ferling claimed 4-9 in a big win over Valley.

Out at Trevor Hohns Field, Australia’s Beth Mooney was at her dominant best for Sandgate-Redcliffe with 94* (66) guiding her Gators to a double bonus point victory as they chased down Gold Coast who were led by Tara Wheeler’s 77 (132).

Following on from her breakout 2020/21, Wynnum-Manly/Redlands Chelsea Gan (67*) guided her side to a nail-biting victory over Ipswich after Amreen Kahlon claimed 4-26 earlier in the day for the merged bayside team. Rounding out the fixtures, Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat allrounder Charli Knott impressed for new club University of Queensland with her 66 (67) and Emma Jackson’s 69 (54) guiding Uni to a victory over reigning premiers Sunshine Coast.

The Men’s Second Grade One Day Competition kicked off as well on Saturday, with victories to Sandgate-Redcliffe, Ipswich, South Brisbane, Gold Coast, University of Queensland and Redlands. Standout individual performances included South Brisbane’s Aaron Joby (99 off 96) and then a couple of centuries from talented youth players in the Valley Vs Redlands clash, with Valley’s Hugh Weibgen (116* off 124) and then Redlands’ Stephan Muller (148* off 138) starring for their sides.

On Sunday the Lord’s Taverners One-Day Competition began throughout south-east Queensland, with victories to Sunshine Coast, Redlands, Sandgate-Redcliffe, Gold Coast, Western Suburbs, Valley and a big win for Wide Bay over last year’s finalists Toombul. The long-standing Under-16 competition will soon welcome the addition of a T20 standalone competition in the September school holidays, which includes several night fixtures.      

Kookaburra First Grade One Day fixtures continue with Round 2 on Saturday 11th September, along with Round 2 of the Katherine Raymont Shield and Lord’s Taverners Competition on Sunday 12th September.

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