In the morning game at Peter Easton Oval, Ipswich continued their strong run with a solid victory over South Brisbane. The Wood brothers, Harry and Jack, combined to help the Hornets to 7/150 (H Wood 40 & J Wood 36), which proved too much for the Magpies.

Redlands’ Conor McInerney (pictured) dominated and continued a great T20 campaign with 2/19 and 55 off 45 balls, as his Tigers were too good for Sunshine Coast.

At WEP Harris Oval, it was a low-scoring thriller between Valley and Western Suburbs as the Diehards were able to defend 6/112 with the Bulldogs falling one run short as they were bowled out on the second last ball. Valley’s batting was well guided by Lachlan Pfeffer (42*), with perennial wicket-taker Don Whyte (3/14) holding his nerve in the final over.

The low-scoring continued at Toombul’s Ken Mackay Oval, with the home side reaching 8/114 (N McGill 33; S Shaw 3/16) and dismissing Sandgate-Redcliffe for 97 as youngsters Tom Balkin (3/17) and Ryan Walker (2/14) did the damage with the ball.

Unfortunately there were Match Abandoned results for the Gold Coast Vs University and Wynnum-Manly Vs Northern Suburbs, which rounded out the Saturday morning fixtures.

On Saturday afternoon in the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition, the headlines were dominated by Valley’s Jack Beath who destroyed the Ipswich Hornets attack as he scored 89 off just 23 balls (5 x 4s and 10 x 6s) and brought his fifty up in only 10 balls. The Valley score of 7/191 was always too much for Ipswich, with Don Whyte picking up another bag of wickets in the win (3/18).

Redlands also claimed two wins from the Saturday doubleheader, with Simon Milenko’s 83 off 47 balls helping the Tigers to 6/192 and was too much for Toombul.

South Brisbane bounced back from the morning loss, to claim a big victory against University. Batting first the Magpies reached 6/150, with the spin of James Rosewarne (3/22) and allround performance of Brandon Honeybrook (25 off 12 balls and 2/18) helping them to victory.

In a low-scoring game at Alan Pettigrew Oval, Sandgate-Redcliffe could only manage 7/104 off their 20 overs against Northern Suburbs. Whilst they had Norths in early trouble at 6/50, the Vikings managed to get over the line in the 18th over.

Similarly to the morning, games at Graceville #1 and Bill Albury Oval were abandoned, with Western Suburbs Vs Gold Coast and Wynnum-Manly Vs Sunshine Coast splitting the points.

On Sunday the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition turned its attention to Rivalry Round to wrap up the fixtures, with some thrilling chases on the cards.

In a low-scoring contest down at the Gold Coast, Ipswich Hornets fought hard to defend their 8/108 with the Dolphins getting over the line on the second last ball thanks to 62* by Callum Taylor.

In the battle of the bayside it shaped as a Quarter Final, with the winner set to go through to the Semi Finals. Redlands opener Michael Nicol (55) helped the Tigers to 9/131, before an allround performance from Wynnum-Manly’s Cameron Trask (2/34 and 61*) guided the Sea Eagles to an important victory with three balls left and into the Finals.

Out at Norman Gray Oval, South Brisbane stopped the power-hitting of Valley as Logan Duval (50) and Lucky Peterson (69*) made light work of chasing 7/161, bring up the win four-down in the 18th over.

In the other games Sunshine Coast proved too good for Sandgate-Redcliffe, with University toppling Western Suburbs.  The Battle of Buckland Rd between Toombul and Northern Suburbs was abandoned due to the overnight storms.

With all the fixtures now completed, the Top-2 in each zone progressed through to this Sunday’s Semi Finals and will face their cross-zone rivals. Sunshine Coast Scorchers will host Ipswich Hornets at Kerry Emery Oval, whilst this season’s One Day premiers Gold Coast will host Wynnum-Manly at Bill Pippen Oval and chase the white-ball double.

On Sunday morning the Katherine Raymont Shield welcomed back its Brisbane Heat and WBBL players, as the big names starred in a round that had two out of four games abandoned.

Out at Peter Burge Oval, Gold Coast’s openers Georgia Redmayne (95 off 46) and Tara Wheeler (73* off 72) dominated the day with a 172-run opening stand that was way too much for Wynnum-Manly/Redlands. In reply, the bayside team could only manage 6/105 as tight team bowling was shared across the entire Dolphins attack.

At Trevor Hohns Oval, Sandgate-Redcliffe’s WBBL stars of Lilly Mills and Georgia Voll proved match winners as they knocked off top-of-the-table University of QLD. Bowling first, the Gators kept University of QLD to 8/70, with Lilly Mills claiming 4/11 (including the big wicket of Charli Knott) with great support from Zoe Valencic (3/16). In reply, Sandgate-Redcliffe made quick work of the chase with opener Georgia Voll smashing 47* off 27 balls to reach the win in the 8th over.

With only two rounds left in the Women’s First Grade T20 competition, University of QLD will finish in the top spot (21 points), as Sandgate-Redcliffe (16 points), Western Suburbs (16 points), Sunshine Coast (14 points) and Valley (13 points) chase the remaining three spots in the Top-4.

In the Jodie Fields Shield the competition continued their Twenty20 doubleheader fixtures, with Saturday’s overnight rain forcing several abandoned matches and no team getting wins from both games. With only one weekend left before Christmas break, the competition is led By University of QLD (40 points), closely trailed by South Brisbane (39 points), then Wynnum-Manly (35 points) and Valley rounding out the Top-4 (31 points).

There was Finals action on Sunday with the Lord’s Taverners One Day Competition reaching its climax, as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast battled for the Lew Cooper Trophy. It was a low-scoring affair, with Gold Coast fighting back from 8/58 to post 9/131 off their 50 overs (S Roy 37 & C Fitzgerald 23*) and give themselves something to bowl at. It ended up being enough, as a slow start from Sunshine Coast was compounded as the score went from 0/28 to 5/35. Tight bowling, great fielding and execution of runouts from the Gold Coast proved too much as the Dolphins held their nerve for a 6-run victory.

Across the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition there were several standout individual performances with bat, ball and the gloves. Valley Second Grade allrounder Jacques Badenhorst had a great Sunday claiming a hat-trick in the Rivalry Round T20, eventually finishing with figures of 4/8 off 2 overs. Other notable bowling performances included University of QLD’s James Lindsay with 5/14 in Third Grade and Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Sean Kruger claiming 4/9 off 6 overs in the Over-40s competition. With the bat it was Redlands Sixth Grade skipper Greg Morton who topped the Saturday scorers with 93* in the Tigers win. Wynnum-Manly’s Fifth Grade keeper Ashley Stanton also had a day out, claiming five catches in his side’s One Day victory.

The coming weekend will see the resumption of Men’s First and Second Grade two-day cricket on Saturday, along with One Day fixtures in Third to Sixth Grade and the opening weekend of the Paul Pink Shield, then on Sunday there is plenty of action with the final T20 doubleheader in the Katherine Raymont Shield, more T20 fixtures for Jodie Fields Shield as well as Semi Finals for Men’s First and Second Grade T20 competitions.

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