In the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition, the third and final round of the One Day fixtures was highlighted by a much-anticipated clash between undefeated sides Ipswich and Northern Suburbs at Baxter Oval.

The Hornets looked to be continuing their trend of piling on the runs at 0/140 (Ryan Hackney 70 and Jack Wood 70), before an inspired spell by Norths young Bulls squad member Will Prestwidge (4-38) wrestled the momentum back and kept Ipswich’s total to 8-246. Despite an early wicket in reply, Northern Suburbs mounted a strong chase with Joe Burns (134*) and Addy Grewal (100) combining for a 212-run second wicket partnership to get the Vikings home.

Big scores and 200-run partnerships continued elsewhere as Valley proved too strong for Sunshine Coast with a 9-wicket chase of 234 (Donal Whyte 4-48). Valley openers Usman Khawaja (117*) and Lachlan Pfeffer (98) combined for a 231-run opening partnership to eclipse a club record in First Grade One Day competition.

Queensland Bulls opening bat Bryce Street led from the front for Sandgate-Redcliffe with 140*, as he combined with Steven Cawood (96*) in an unbeaten 192-run stand to post 3-315 which proved too much for South Brisbane despite a Gurinder Sandhu century.

Over at Graceville, it was South Australian Connor McInerney for Redlands who turned the clash against Western Suburbs on its head with figures of 5-19 and two runouts to dismiss the Bulldogs for 143. The star-studded Tigers lineup made light work of the total and claimed an important double bonus point victory (Sam Heazlett 41 and Marnus Labuschagne 39*)

In a much closer contest between Wynnum-Manly (9-217) and Gold Coast, it was the allrounder threats of Josh Kann (3-38 and 72) and Bulls trump Michael Neser (2-40 and 68*) that helped the Dolphins chase the total down and take #1 spot on the Kookaburra First Grade One Day ladder.

Elsewhere University of Queensland proved too strong for Toombul, as Matt Willans (4-53) helped restrict the Bulls to 9-237 (Matt Renshaw 67) before Jack Clayton (52) and skipper Jano Coetzee (75) reeled in the chase.

On Sunday the Katherine Raymont Shield competition turned its focus to Twenty20 with a month of fixtures in the lead up to the WBBL. A host of Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat WBBL players were out in action for their clubs, with Mikayla Hinkley the standout highlight of the opening T20s with scores of 118* and 53* to lead her Valley side to victories over Gold Coast and Ipswich.

In the other fixtures on the Gold Coast, UQ went 2-from-2 with victories over Ipswich and Gold Coast as Charli Knott continued her consistent start to the 2021/22 season. In the morning game, Knott’s 46 was well supported by a strong team bowling performance (Ruby Strange 2-22 and Laura Scheiwe 2028). Whereas in the afternoon, Knott (74*) paired up with Fire/Heat teammate Laura Kimmince (61*) to produce a 133-run unbeaten stand in victory over the Dolphins.

At Graceville for the other set of T20 doubleheaders, Sandgate-Redcliffe came away with a couple of important victories including a hard-fought contest over back-to-back T20 premiers Western Suburbs. The feature game saw several state representatives face off, with the allround performance of Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Lilly Mills the difference maker (39 and 2-16). Despite it being in a losing cause, the impressive bowling spell of 4-13 by Western Suburbs teen Lily Bassingthwaighte caught the attention of many. In the morning game on Graceville #2, Sunshine Coast were too good for Wynnum-Manly/Redlands thanks to runs from Mikayla Wrigley (41) and Charlotte Lutz (35*).

In the afternoon fixtures at Wests, the spin of Sandgate-Redcliffe was the key in their second victory over Sunshine Coast (Zoe Valencic 3-16 and Lilly Mills 2-17). With the powerful Western Suburbs bouncing back from the morning loss, with a win over Wynnum-Manly/Redlands as big names Grace Harris (32 and 3-16) and Holly Ferling (3-14) led the way.

Sunday also saw the launch of the Women’s Second Grade competition (Jodie Fields Shield), with Round 1 victories going to Ipswich, University of QLD, Western Suburbs, Wynnum-Manly and South Brisbane. After moving from the Gold Coast to South Brisbane for a coaching role, Melissa Lewis continued her dominant form from 2020-21 season with and all-round performance of 5-9 and 32*.

The Men’s Second Grade One Day competition also wrapped up its fixtures with victories to undefeated Gold Coast and University, along with Sunshine Coast, Western Suburbs, South Brisbane and Northern Suburbs. There were notable individual performances from South Brisbane’s Trent Pearce (113), young Norths allrounder Tom Campbell (5-41 and 51*), University’s Michael Philipson (84 & 4-45) and Will Dooley (5-36) for Western Suburbs.

Round 3 of the Lord’s Taverners One Day Competition saw three clubs remain undefeated (Sunshine Coast, Redlands & Western Suburbs), whilst Wide Bay, South Brisbane, Northern Suburbs and Darling Downs also claimed victories. For individual performances, the undefeated Scorchers were led by captain Ben Baker with the ball (4-8) and elsewhere Northern Suburbs allrounder Fergus McFadyen followed his 90* from last round with a 99 in a nail-biting win for the Vikings.   

This weekend will see Two-Day cricket action start on Saturday in the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition and all the way down to Men’s Sixth Grade, along with Sunday hosting Katherine Raymont Shield T20 doubleheaders, Men’s First and Second Grade One Day Quarter Finals and Jodie Fields Shield fixtures. The Lord’s Taverners One Day competition has a weekend off for school holidays before launching into a standalone Twenty20 competition next week.

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