The fourth two-day round of the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition wrapped up on the weekend, with a few hard-fought draws and some important victories for sides looking to get their red ball season going in 2021-22.

Out at Bill Albury Oval, Wynnum-Manly claimed their first red ball win of the season knocking off reigning Two-Day premiers University of QLD. Batting on from Day 1, the Sea Eagles declared at 9-338 and turned it over to the Students. At one stage UQ were 2-123 and looked set to bat out the day, before some quick wickets in the middle saw them bowled out for 207. University’s Jack Clayton top-scored with 80, as Wynnum-Manly’s Liam Hope-Shackley (4/75) and Grayson Jones (4/34) were the main destroyers with the ball.

The only other victory in the round went to Northern Suburbs, who continued on from a strong Day 1 position to chase down Valley’s 184 and pile on some runs in an important victory for last year’s Grand Finalist. The Vikings were eventually dismissed for 313, with a host on contributions from their batting unit (Nikhil Chaudhary 72, Michael Dawson 63, Will Prestwidge 44 and Addy Grewl 42). In the second innings, Valley ended Day 2 on 3/162 as Dylan McLachlan scored a quickfire 58no.

At Norman Gray Oval, South Brisbane resumed Day 2 in the precarious position of 2/13 to bat out the day and secure a draw against a strong Ipswich Hornets outfit. The gritty batting performance from South Brisbane was led by Lucky Peterson who was at the crease for all of Day 2, finishing with 182* off 312 balls as the Magpies reached 7/309 off 105 overs.

It was also a draw at Ken Mackay Oval, with Toombul batting out 111 overs for 7/272 in reply to the Gold Coast’s mammoth Day 1 score of 5 (dec)/421. For Toombul it was Jarryd Blake (56 off 108) and First Grade debutant Luke Maugeri (56* off 221) who helped split the points, as Gold Coast’s Nathan Lyons worked hard for figures of 3/55 off 25 overs.

Out at Graceville, Western Suburbs briefly continued batting into Day 2 to reach 8 (dec)/341 as Day 1 centurion Sam Truloff remained unbeaten on 136*. In reply Sandgate-Redcliffe batted steadily to finish the day at 6/232 off 86 overs (Rory Livingstone 56) and split the points with Western Suburbs who remain undefeated in red ball cricket this season.

Up at Kerry Emery Oval, the terrible weather throughout the week on the coast meant that no play was possible on Day 2 and the Scorchers and Redlands took draw points.

In a very packed and tight ladder for the Cam Battersby Cup, Western Suburbs and Ipswich are the current front runners with plenty of teams in contention as Christmas break approaches.

In the Katherine Raymont Shield on Sunday there were some amazing individual and team performances across the round, highlighted by the incredible Valley debut of Zoha Siddiqi against Gold Coast. Having relocated from Sydney and finished quarantine, Siddiqi produced figures of 5/21 off 9 overs to help dismiss Gold Coast for 108 at Bill Pippen Oval. In reply, Valley knocked off the runs in quick fashion needing only 14 overs to claim a big double bonus point victory (Kira Holmes 36 and Lexie Muller 24*).

Out at Graceville Western Suburbs pulled off an amazing team performance against Sandgate-Redcliffe as the game came down to another last-wicket partnership, which was their second in the space of three weekends. The Gators batted first and could only manage 149, with skipper Tess Cooper (47) the main contributor and Western Suburbs Ashleigh Sims (3/19), Annie Wikman (3/20) and Naiya Varidel (2/26) turning it on with the ball. In reply Western Suburbs lost regular wickets, with the Gators reducing them to 7/90 and then 9/125 (Darcey Johnson 3/20). However from here the Wests #6 Sophie Whittaker (37*) combined with #11 Lilli Hamilton (12*) to put on a 26-run partnership to see their side home in nail-biting victory.

Over at Bill Albury Oval, it was a great day for the bayside team as Wynnum-Manly/Redlands dismissed last year’s One Day premiers Sunshine Coast for 78. Opening bowler Melanie Vernyik did most of the damage with figures of 5/13 off 6.5 overs, whilst there was quality support from Amreen Kahlon (3/20). Whilst it wasn’t all smooth sailing in the chase, Wynnum-Manly reached the target in the 29th over having lost five wickets and picked up an important bonus point victory.

The final fixture in the Katherine Raymont Shield saw the in-form University of QLD play host to Ipswich at WEP Harris Oval. Despite the loss of some early wickets, the Students fought back to post 6/205 off their 50 overs, thanks largely due to a stabilising innings from Lucinda Jensen of 76* off 138 balls. In reply, Ipswich had a strong platform of 2/110 with 20 overs to go, but some tight bowling and runouts saw the Students home as they dismissed the Hornets for 182 in the 49th over. University of QLD’s Ruby Strange continued her strong season, with figures of 4/21 off 9 overs in the win.

The Women’s First Grade competition now turns back to the T20 format in the run home to Christmas break. Currently in the One Day format, University of QLD sit on top of the ladder with 28 points, Valley trailing in second place on 25.5 points, Western Suburbs just back on 24 points and Sandgate-Redcliffe rounding out the Top-4 on 17 points.

After a weekend off the Jodie Fields Shield returned to action, with victories to Gold Coast, Wynnum-Manly, Valley, Sandgate-Redcliffe and South Brisbane. Gold Coast’s Shelly Savage (98) and South Brisbane’s Lauren Ford (117*) produced starring batting performances for this respective sides, whilst Wynnum-Manly’s Mikayla Montgomery stole the show with the ball claiming figures of 8/21 in her team’s victory. At this stage of the season, defending premiers University of QLD (32 points), Wynnum-Manly (31 points) and South Brisbane (31 points) are all jostling for the top ladder positions in the Jodie Fields Shield.

The third round of the Under-19s One Day competition played out on Sunday, with dominant victories to Wynnum-Manly, Toombul, Ipswich, as well as Valley, Redlands and a final-over thriller from South Brisbane.  Wynnum-Manly’s Jackson Monley produced the best figures for the round (6/29), with other quality individual performances from Toombul’s Toby Snell (102), Toombul’s Luke Maugeri (4/16), Valley’s Hugh Weibgen (82*) and Redlands’ Joshua Smith (4/13). After three rounds, Toombul and Valley remain the undefeated sides and sit atop their respective zones with the remaining two fixtures to take place in early 2022.

In the Lord’s Taverners One Day competition the round fixtures came to an end on Sunday, as teams jostled for the Top-2 positions in each zone heading into Semi Finals. In Round 10 there were victories to Valley, Wynnum-Manly, Toombul, Western Suburbs, Sunshine Coast, Redlands and Sandgate-Redcliffe. Some individual performances of note included Valley’s Callum Vidler (4/31), Toombul’s Jack Balkin (91 off 53), Western Suburbs William Pamenter (5/17) and Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Noah Langley (5/45).

At the conclusion of the rounds Sunshine Coast finished top in the North/East zone and will host Western Suburbs in the semi finals, whilst in the South/West zone Gold Coast finished top spot and will take on Redlands in the other semi final. Statistically, Toombul’s Jack Balkin finished the season with the most runs (536 runs) and Sunshine Coast’s Charlie Moore plus Wide Bay’s Lachlan Heycox claimed the most wickets (20).

Across the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition there were other stellar individual bowling performances on the weekend, including Sunshine Coast’s Ashley Renouf with figures of 7/69 in Second Grade, University of QLD’s Nic Coe with 6/34 in Fourth Grade and Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Dean Harbour claiming 6/49 in Second Grade.

The coming weekend will see the start of a new Two-Day round across all Men’s Grades, then on Sunday the Katherine Raymont Shield moves back into T20 mode in the run home to Christmas break, along with the Jodie Fields Shield One -Day fixtures and the Lord’s Taverners One Day competition Semi Finals taking place.

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