In the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition, the only fixture that saw Saturday action was the Northern Suburbs Vs Redlands clash. Resuming Day 2 at 3/79 in reply to Redlands score of 237, Northern Suburbs lost the early wicket of Tom Healy before a match-winning partnership between Noah McFadyen (77 off 172) and Josh Brown (97 off 130). After passing the total, the Vikings continued onto the maximum batting points of 350 with Sam Wilson (51*) and Sam Neale (52*) also contributing half-centuries. The Redlands second innings late on Day 2 saw the Tigers reach 5/93.
The other five fixtures in the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition all ended as draws, with teams splitting the points.
After five rounds of the two-day competition and with a few weeks off for T20s, Western Suburbs currently sit in top position, closely followed by Ipswich in second place, then a host of chasing teams in a very hotly contested ladder.
On Sunday the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition changed gears as the Kookaburra First Grade Twenty competition launched in the leadup to the BBL window. The Sunday doubleheader saw plenty of amazing T20 cricket, with both the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich walking away with two-from-two victories and currently sitting atop their respective zones.
In the morning round, Ipswich were too strong for University of QLD as their 7/155 (M Topp 37, J Wood 34 and H Wood 33*) was enough to claim a 33-run victory. With the ball it was the spin of Jack Wood (3/24), Dylan McAteer (3/23) and Bryn Llewellyn (2/27) that did the damage for the Hornets.
At Trevor Hohns Field, a Liam Hope-Shackley allround performance of 4/14 and 56* helped Wynnum-Manly to a comfortable win over Sandgate-Redcliffe.
The consistent class of Steve McGiffin (59*) and Sam Truloff (37) helped Western Suburbs to 3/163, which was too much for South Brisbane to chase.
At Ken Mackay Oval, the early wicket of Chris Lynn and allround performance of Blake Maher (3/29 and 34) helped the Sunshine Coast Scorchers to a big victory over Toombul. The Scorchers dismissed Toombul for 123 and chased it down in the 17th over.
Out at Alan Pettigrew Oval it was a high-scoring affair between Northern Suburbs and Redlands, with the visitors posting 4/180 (C McInerney 56, S Milenko 49 & L Drennan 30*). Whilst the power-hitting of Josh Brown (70 off 33 balls) had Norths in the box seat chasing, some quick wickets in the middle helped the Tigers to an important victory.
Unfortunately wet weather and its impact on the pitch meant that the Gold Coast Vs Valley contest ended in an abandoned match with the points split.
In the afternoon T20s runs continued to flow at Alan Pettigrew Field, with Scorchers reaching 4/187 against Norths Suburbs. The main destroyers were Josh Matthews (82 off 38 balls) and Blake Maher (62* off 31 balls). Much like the morning game, Norths were in a strong position (J Brown 47 & A Grewal 50) with the chase, but middle over wickets saw it come down to the last ball with Scorchers holding their nerve for the win.
Out at Graceville, Ipswich continued their strong day with a very important victory over Western Suburbs, with Jake Cross getting the Hornets off to a flyer (54 off 33 balls) as 7/143 was too much for the home side.
The fast bowling of Xavier Bartlett (2/15) and Jackson Smith (2/19) for the Gold Coast had South Brisbane on the backfoot as they could only reach 8/98 off their 20 overs. Last season’s T20 premiers made light work of the chase, reaching it in the 14th over (H Burdon 42*).
At Peter Easton Oval, early wickets tumbled for Valley as University’s spin of Nick Sale (3/15) and Jano Coetzee (3/16) helped the Students dismiss the home team for 70, which was easily chased in the 10th over.
Out at Sandgate-Redcliffe the home side bounced back from the morning game to claim a final ball thriller against Redlands, as Tom and Jack Cooper helped the Gators to 4/140 and were supported with the ball by Stephen Shaw (3/17) and Chathura Kaluthanthri (3/21).
Finally with Bill Albury Oval impacted by the wet weather, there we no Chris Lynn fireworks in the afternoon with the match between Wynnum-Manly and Toombul abandoned and points split.
In the Katherine Raymont Shield half of the Twenty20 round was impacted by weather, with the Western Suburbs Vs University and Sunshine Coast Vs Sandgate-Redcliffe ending in abandoned matches.
On Saturday night under the lights of Norm McMahon Oval, Valley and Wynnum-Manly/Redlands played out a low-scoring contest as ball dominated the bat. Batting first the bayside team was in a good position at 2/70, before the runout of Holly Barr (32 off 29 balls) drastically changed the game. This runout, combined with the stellar bowling of new Valley recruit Zoha Siddiqi saw Wynnum-Manly/Redlands finish on 9/94 off their 20 overs. The Valley newcomer finished with the ridiculous figures of 5/9 off 4 overs, claiming her second Katherine Raymont Shield five-wicket haul in just her third weekend in the competition. In reply Valley’s top order was rocked by the bowling of Sophie Vernyik (3/5), who led Wynnum-Manly/Redlands to have the home side struggling at 5/11 which was too much for Valley to overcome despite some lower order resistance.
At Bill Pippen Oval, Gold Coast got off to a strong start against Ipswich thanks to a blistering 56 off 35 balls from opener Carly Fuller. But some tight team bowling from the Hornets restricted the scoring at the other end, with the Dolphins making 4/131 off their overs. In reply the Hornets produced run-a-ball contributions from the first five batters, which provide enough to get them over the line in the 19th over and claim the win (Trinity Doyle 31*).
The Women’s First Grade T20 competition has three rounds left with University of QLD almost guaranteed to finish in first place (21 points), Western Suburbs currently in second place (15 points), then closely followed by Sandgate-Redcliffe (14 points), Sunshine Coast (13 points) and with Valley (12 points) the only other team able to chase down a Top-4 position in the next two weekends.
In the Jodie Fields Shield the competition turned to Twenty20 doubleheader fixtures, with the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich making the most of the weekend with two-from-two victories. University of QLD, South Brisbane, Wynnum-Manly and Valley all picked up a victory and remain the current Top-4 in the Women’s Second Grade competition. The change in format saw some stellar individual performances with the ball, as Wynnum-Manly’s Robyn Medley claimed figures of 4/9 as well as Ipswich’s Phoebe Dyer taking 4/9. With the bat it was Valley’s Eleanor Swanepoel who led the way, with a classy 63 off 53 balls in their win over University.
Across the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition there were several standout individual performances with bat and ball on the weekend. Michal Nicol starred for Redlands Men’s Second Grade T20s with his 111* off 57 balls leading his Tigers to a dominate victory. For the bowlers, University of QLD Fifth Grade player Brayden Meegama claimed the figures of 7/50 off 27 overs and Henry Zietsch took 5/59 off 28.1 overs in Fourth Grade for Redlands.
As long as venues recover from the big wet, and no further rain intervenes, the coming weekend will see the Men’s First and Second Grade T20 Competitions wrap up with a Saturday doubleheader and then Rivalry Round on Sunday, plus Men’s Third to Sixth Grade will start their One Day competitions on Saturday. Then on Sunday the Katherine Raymont Shield and Jodie Fields Shield continue T20 fixtures, along with the Over-40s Competition playing their third round as well the Lord’s Taverners One Day competition final taking place in an action-packed weekend.
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