Out at Baxter Oval, the first placed Hornets won the toss and batted first against Redlands.

It was a measured start from the Hornets (0/67), before Redlands spearhead Simon Milenko grabbed two quick wickets to bring the Tigers back into the battle.

The hard fought Day 1 contest continued as the score reached 5/131 with the dismissal of Bryn Llewellyn (59 off 191 balls).

However that brought together the pairing of Daniel and Anthony Wilson, who took the game away from Redlands with their batting determination.

The brothers went on to record a 169-run sixth wicket partnership well into Day 2 of the Semi Final, denying Redlands a chance to bat as Daniel played the more defensive role (56 off 183 balls) compared to skipper Anthony (135* off 219 balls).

Eventually the game was called on Day 2 with Hornets 6/359 off 143 overs, after Simon Milenko (3/104 off 45 overs) and Jackson Sinfield (2/97 off 53 overs) had toiled hard for the Tigers.

Out at Graceville, it was a similar story for Western Suburbs and Gold Coast with the home side winning the all-important toss and getting to bat first.

Opener Isaiah Snell was the top-scorer for Wests with 71 off 205 balls, plus was well supported throughout the batting order. There were valuable contributions from Steve McGiffin (57 off 128 balls), Josh Del Simone (62 off 171 balls), as well as further runs from Sam Dennien (57 off 95 balls) and Aidan Watterson (53* off 70 balls) guiding Western Suburbs to 8/432 off 143 overs as the game was conceding on Day 2.

The result ending the Gold Coast’s chase of all three format titles in First Grade this season.

This will see Ipswich host Western Suburbs at Baxter Oval over the next two weekends for the Cam Battersby Cup premiership, with the Hornets chasing a maiden First Grade premiership having qualified for the decider two years ago.

In the other Men’s Grades across the KFC Queensland Premier Cricket competition, there were plenty of exciting Semi Final action on the weekend.

In Men’s Second Grade, minor premiers University of QLD were too good for South Brisbane as well as Gold Coast triumphing over Ipswich in a see-sawing contest. The Students will host the Gold Coast for the Alan Pettigrew Shield Grand Final at WEP Harris Oval.

In Men’s Third Grade, Gold Coast were too strong for Valley as Redlands produced an upset in knocking off ladder leaders Northern Suburbs. The next two weekends will see defending premiers Gold Coast host Redlands at Bill Pippen Oval for the Norm McMahon Shield premiership.

Fourth Grade saw both top seeds Northern Suburbs and Toombul progress through Semi Finals. The Bob Spence Shield premiership will be hosted at Alan Pettigrew Oval between the two neighbourhood rivals.

The trend of the top seeds progressing continued in Men’s Fifth Grade, with University of QLD [2] and Toombul taking out their Semi Finals. The Grand Final for the Roy Tanner Shield will be hosted at the neutral venue of Bill Albury Oval.

However in Men’s Sixth Grade it was both lower seeds Redlands and South Brisbane that triumphed in the Semi Finals. The Grand Final will see defending premiers Redlands host the match at Peter Burge Oval.

On Sunday the Katherine Raymont Shield rolled into Semi Finals as well, with a couple of exciting knockout matches.

At WEP Harris Oval, Western Suburbs batted first and had started well against minor premiers University of QLD with the score at 2/75. But it was from here that University’s spinning pair of Laura Scheiwe (3/19) and Charni Bloxsom (3/31) turned the game on its head to dismiss Western Suburbs for 116.

In reply the Students got off to a rocky start with the lose of some early wickets. University’s Neve Lynch (25) seemed to be the key to their chase, but her wicket left the game in the balance at 7/95. The nail-biting contest continued with the score eventually reaching 9/110, with University’s final pair holding their nerve to score the winning runs and book a place in the Grand Final.

In the other Semi Final, defending premiers Sunshine Coast Scorchers hosted Valley with the visitors getting off to a strong start.

Valley opener Kira Holmes (59) and #3 batter Sianna Ginger (61) had their side rolling at 1/134, before consistent team bowling from the Scorchers brought the contest back (Charlotte Briggs 2/23, Ruby Orchard 2/25, Maddie Duncan 2/25).

In the end Valley were dismissed on the final ball of their 50 overs, reaching a total of 208.

In reply the hosting Scorchers got off to a tough start of 2/9 and eventually 5/55. From here the Scorchers middle and lower order of Isabelle Sammut (31), Nicola Bradford (48) and Amy Hunter (34*) sought to bring the game back with vital partnerships taking the score to 6/153.

But the big wicket of Bradford changed the game, with Valley wrapping up the tail and dismissing the Scorchers for 183 thanks to an amazing allround performance from Sianna Ginger (4/31).

The Katherine Raymont Shield One Day Grand Final will now see minor premiers University of QLD take on Valley at the neutral Norman Gray Oval on Sunday 27th March.

In the Jodie Fields Shield Semi Finals, it was the top seeds that proved too strong for their opposition and booked Grand Final spots with dominant victories.

Out at St Lucia 2, the defending premiers University pounced early with the ball to dismiss Valley for 73 (Josie Butchers 3/14). From here the Students made light work as they chased the total 3-down in the 22nd over.

Over at Norman Gray Oval, Souths produced a strong team batting performance to post 7/188 against Sunshine Coast (Neja Perera 29 and Sally Shaw 26*). In reply the Scorchers lost early wickets and were never in the chase, as Souths bundled them out for 104 (Kaysey Amai 3/25 and Melissa Lewis 2/12).

This means minors premiers South Brisbane will host defending premiers University of QLD in the Jodie Fields Shield Grand Final at Norman Gray Oval on Saturday 26th March.

Across the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition there were plenty of amazing individual performances in Semi Finals outside of First Grade. Toombul’s Kit Freeman produced a match-winning century (121 off 109 balls) in their Fourth Grade semi final victory. Whilst with the ball it was Western Suburbs Luke Donaldson who claimed the best figures for the weekend (7/41 off 23 overs), despite going down in a close Sixth Grade semi final.

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