The star-studded Redlands line-up made the most of Day 1 in the Bayside battle, taking a first innings lead having dismissed Wynnum-Manly for 139 (Simon Milenko 6/36 & Marnus Labuschagne 4/32) and reaching 4/243 (dec) as Sam Heazlett blasted 145*.
The ball dominated early for Western Suburbs as they dismissed reigning Two-Day premiers University of QLD for 132 (Paddy Dooley 4/30) and are 0/72 in reply. Similarly for Valley the spin of Cameron Boyce (4/49) and Ryan McElduff (4/40) helped the Diehards dismiss South Brisbane for 205 and be 2/129 in reply (Usman Khawaja 69 & Jack Beath 50*).
The other three fixtures saw strong batting displays as Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toombul all surpassed 300-totals on Day 1. Scorchers Brendan Schultz brought up a maiden First Grade century at Trevor Hohns Field (149), Gold Coast’s Hugo Burdon kept the Dolphins innings together with a vital 106, Toombul’s Matt Renshaw continued his run of form on Ken Mackay Oval (110), whilst with the ball Luke Feldman (6/83) and Bryce Street (6/62) toiled hard for their strong returns.
On Sunday the Katherine Raymont Shield T20 block continued, with several Brisbane Heat stars putting up strong performances in the leadup to the WBBL. University of QLD remain the only undefeated team in the T20 format, with victories over Wynnum-Manly/Redlands and Sunshine Coast.
In both games, University of QLD’s Charli Knott kept her consistent start to 2021/22 season going with scores of 62* and 81. She partnered up again with Brisbane Heat teammate Laura Kimmince (89*) in Game 2, as the pair put on a 134-run 2nd wicket partnership. Not to be outdone by her sister, Grace Harris was back at her dominant best (97*, 92 & 2/17) to guide defending T20 premiers Western Suburbs to two victories on the day. Other strong individual performances in Women’s First Grade included Scorchers wicket-keeper Mikayla Wrigley (59* & 68) and Gold Coast’s allrounder Courtney Sippel (67*, 38, 2/30 & 3/11).
The Katherine Raymont T20 doubleheader weekend finished in thrilling fashion as the Kayo Freebies Match of the Round between Sandgate-Redcliffe and Gold Coast came down to a final ball tie, with the Gators scampering a three off the last ball to bring scores level.
Elsewhere on Sunday the Kookaburra First Grade One Day Competition moved into Quarter Finals, with the Top-2 sides in Gold Coast and Northern Suburbs progressing through to Semi Finals on the back of big victories. In the other Quarter Finals, it was the lower seeded Valley and University of QLD who progressed over Ipswich and Redlands respectively. Dolphins Hayden Kerr starred with his second century of the One Day competition (150*), the Vikings were led by a destructive spell of fast bowling from Connor Sully (5/29), interstate recruit Chris Tremain (3/31) helped Valley dismiss Ipswich for 117, whereas University’s opening pair of Angus Lovell (120*) and Nick Larkin (92) set a strong total which was too much for last season’s One Day premiers Redlands.
In Men’s Second Grade One Day Quarter Finals, home sides Redlands (Nick Hurford 100), University of QLD and Gold Coast (Bradley Radford 140) progressed through to Semi Finals in strong fashion, whilst Western Suburbs won through over South Brisbane in an enthralling final over chase.
Round 2 of the Jodie Fields Shield continued with victories to Western Suburbs, Sandgate-Redcliffe, University of QLD, Wynnum-Manly and South Brisbane. University of QLD’s Neve Lynch (93) and Western Suburbs Courtney Home (85) produced the top batting performances for the round, as Melissa Lewis continued her dominance of Women’s Second Grade with 67 and 3/5.
Saturday also saw the opening round of Men’s Third to Sixth Grade kick-off with two-day action. Some outstanding individual performances in those grades included University of QLD 5th Grader Damon Venner (182), Sandgate-Redcliffe 6th Grader John Whitehead (6/68) and Western Suburbs 3rd Grader Harry Weir (5/15).
The coming weekend will see the conclusion of the opening Two-Day rounds in Men’s Grades, then on Sunday the Katherine Raymont Shield T20 doubleheaders continue, along with Jodie Fields Shield and the Lord’s Taverners One Day competition. In an exciting development, the new Under-19 competition for women (Kirby Short Cup) will begin this Friday night with games under lights at Chelmer and Valley.
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