Out at Graceville, it was a dominant performance from Western Suburbs who were too good for Toombul in the Saturday/Sunday fixture. Bowling first, Wests paceman Aidan Watterson (5/44) helped the home side dismiss Toombul for 243 at the end of Day 1. Returning the next day it was business as usual for former Peter Burge medallist Sam Truloff, who brought up his fourth red-ball century of the 2021/22 season (163 off 265 balls) as Wests claimed the win with five wickets in hand.
Aiming to keep pace with Wests at the top of the Cam Battersby Cup two-day ladder, Ipswich produced an amazing late win on Sunday as they chased down Sandgate-Redcliffe’s 302 (Bryce Street 138) with only a few overs left in Day 2. After a solid opening stand the Hornets were reduced to 6/162 in reply, before their #7 Harry Austin peeled off a maiden First Grade century (100*) whilst guiding the lower order to victory.
In a rematch of last season’s final, Northern Suburbs and University of QLD played out another tight and see-sawing contest at Ian Healy Oval. After some early trouble (Callum Henderson 4/44), the hard-hitting Josh Brown (84 off 86 balls) helped Northern Suburbs to a score of 185. By stumps on Day 1, the game was in the balance at 4/59 with early wickets on Sunday (Noah McFadyen 5/84) having Norths in the driver’s seat with the score at 9/156. However it was recent Brisbane Heat recruit Jack Clayton (87 off 112) who farmed the strike and batted with the tail to get the Students home in a vital win.
It was a solid weekend of batting out at Norman Gray Oval, as South Brisbane put themselves in a great position at 9 (dec)/343 against Wynnum-Manly (Jamie Eccles 85, Logan Duval 69; Liam Hope-Shackley 4/69). In reply the Sea Eagles had regular contributions with the bat (Nicholas King 89 and Corey Hunter 54), but the lose of wickets in patches and a runout of King saw Wynnum-Manly dismissed for 300 late on Sunday afternoon (Brandon Honeybrook 4/49).
Out at Peter Easton Oval, Valley battled Redlands as they pushed on into Day 2 reaching 8 (dec)/340 on the back of 91 from opener Jack Beath and a maiden First Grade hundred from 17-year old Hugh Weibgen (104* off 194 balls). Special mention to Redlands Simon Milenko with the figures of 6/96 keeping him well clear at the top of the wicket takers list this season, including it being his fifth Two-Day five-wicket haul in seven rounds this season. The Tigers batted out the day, reaching 5/229 and splitting the draw points with Valley.
In the final fixture of the round, the two Coast sides faced off having just played each other in the Kookaburra First Grade Twenty20 Grand Final at the Gabba before Christmas. With the Scorchers batting first it was opener Nick Selman who carried his bat to make 137* off 309 balls, taking Sunshine Coast to 9 (dec)/310 as they batted well into Day 2. In reply the Dolphins had plenty of contributions with the bat as they reached 5/234 at stumps on Day 2 and split the draw points with their opponents.
In the Katherine Raymont Shield it was Twenty20 Finals action all weekend, with the Top-4 sides looking to win through the Semi Finals on Saturday and book a place in Sunday morning’s Grand Final.
Competition front-runners University of QLD played host for the Semi Finals and took on last season’s One Day premiers Sunshine Coast in the morning game. Unfortunately for the Students it was the Scorchers who came out firing with the ball and in the field as early wickets, including that of the QLD Fire’s Charli Knott, saw University reduced to 8/52. It was a team bowling effort from the Scorchers, with Chelsea Baker (3/4), Lucy Hamilton (2/8), Maddie Duncan (2/19) and Charlotte Briggs (2/24) keeping the Students to 9/83 off their 20 overs. In reply the Scorchers didn’t put a foot wrong as openers Tarah Staines (53*) and Taylor Stumer (29*) guided them to a ten-wicket victory in the 16th over.
In the afternoon Semi Final, Sandgate-Redcliffe took on Western Suburbs in what has become a regular Finals matchup in the Katherine Raymont Shield. Sandgate-Redcliffe batted first, with Western Suburbs striking early with the big wicket of Gators captain Tess Cooper off the bowling of Holly Ferling. From there Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Zoe Valencic (29) and Julia Cavanough (17) looked to steady the batting, however the miserly spin bowling of Western Suburbs (Lilli Hamilton 3/12) was at their best keeping Gators to 6/98 off their 20 overs.
In reply it was Western Suburbs captain Annie Wikman who picked up from last season’s Finals Weekend, blasting 57* off 56 balls as her and wicketkeeper Ryleigh Wotherspoon (26*) saw their side home to a nine-wicket victory in the 18th over.
The Semi Final victories meant that the Katherine Raymont Shield premiership would be decided between perennial women’s cricket powerhouse Western Suburbs (looking to go for a three-peat of T20 titles) and last year’s One Day premiers Sunshine Coast. Unfortunately the storm on Saturday evening forced the Sunday Grand Final to be abandoned, with the reserve date activated for this Saturday night as Western Suburbs and Sunshine Coast face-off under the lights of Ian Healy Oval at Norths (6.30pm start).
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Paul Pink Shield (Under-15) fixtures wrapped up with Western Suburbs and Ipswich remaining undefeated throughout the competition, as Sandgate-Redcliffe and Wynnum-Manly rounded out the Top-4 for Semi Finals action this Friday night. The standout individual performance of the weekend was from Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Emily Wilson, with the figures of 5/9 off just two overs.
In other parts of the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition, Men’s Third to Sixth Grade wrapped up their One-Day fixtures with Semi Final placings now confirmed for matches to take place this Sunday across the grades.
Across the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition there were some amazing individual performances, with the highest score and best bowling figures both coming from Men’s Second Grade matches. Out at Baxter Oval, Ipswich Hornets Noah Emmerson had a day out with the bat as he smashed 192 off 226 balls in his side’s victory. With the ball it was Toombul’s Aubrey Stockdale who claimed 6/32 off his 17 overs to lead his side to victory.
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