In Week 2 of the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition it was some big name match-winners who continued their impressive start to the 2021/22 season, with plenty of quality One Day action unfolding across south-east Queensland.
In the Sci-Fleet Motors First Grade Competition it is hard to go past the twin centuries of Ipswich Hornets pair Ryan Hackney (116*) and Harry Wood (121*), who made light work of Toombul’s 254 (McNeilly 117) chasing it down with 9 wickets and 7 overs to spare.
Hackney, a NSW contracted player who has taken advantage of Queensland's early start to get match practice, was impressive while Wood peeled off his second one-day ton in as many games to demonstrate his importance to the Hornets line-up.
Out at Peter Burge Oval, Queensland Bulls keeper Jimmy Peirson guided the Tigers to a four-wicket victory with 121* and 5 catches in reply to the Gators 244, with new recruit Jack Cooper annoucing his presence with a smashing 134.
Elsewhere the allround performances continued with Sydney Sixers Hayden Kerr claiming 3-49 before smashing 111 off 74 balls in a dominant bonus point victory for the Gold Coast Dolphins over Sunshine Coast.
Western Suburbs veteran Steve Paulsen was a key figure with bat and ball (75 & 2/32) in his side’s victory over South Brisbane, with quality support from Arjun Nair (2/42 & 71) and Sam Dennien (59* off 37).
At Ian Healy Oval, Northern Suburbs fought back from early trouble with the bat to post 7-267 (with allrounder Nikhil Chaudhary impressing with 98) before closing out the win against Wynnum-Manly with Connor Sully (4/31) the main wicket-taker.
Finally in a blockbuster clash at Peter Easton Oval, University of Queensland delivered a great team effort to claim a bonus point win over Valley despite Bulls allrounder Jack Wildermuth producing a valiant century in the chase attempt, his second century in as many games.
In Round 2 of the Katherine Raymont Shield, it was a Sunday thriller at Peter Easton Oval which dominated the storylines with Valley and Sunshine Coast playing out a see-sawing fixture that came down to the final wicket. Last year’s premiers Sunshine Coast batted first and posted a respectable 6-216, led by Emma Mccord (69) and Lucy Hamilton (58), with Valley’s Georgia Prestwidge claiming 3-27.
In reply a dominant partnership from Queensland Fire duo Mikayla Hinkley (61 off 58) and Georgia Prestwidge (44 off 58) had Valley in the box seat, before losing 6-16 and being 9-186 (Hamilton 4-24) still 30 runs behind.
From here the 10th wicket pair of Naidu (13*) and Harris (26*) held their nerves to guide Valley home in an exciting victory.
Elsewhere in the competition Sandgate-Redcliffe fell just shy of another double bonus point victory, bowling Ipswich out for 157 on the back of a five-wicket hall from Georgia Voll (5-27).
In reply it was Gators skipper Tess Cooper who held the chase together with 89* off 81 balls, knocking off the total in the 28th over with 5 wickets to spare. On the Gold Coast, the Dolphins got back in the winner’s circle with a strong performance against Wynnum-Manly/Redlands on the back of 79 from the ever-consistent Tara Wheeler.
Completing the round it was a Charli Knott’s allround performance (53 & 2-41) and early wickets from Emmie Blamey (3-25) that helped University of QLD claim a big result over Western Suburbs.
In the Men’s Second Grade One Day Competition there were victories to Gold Coast, Toombul, Redlands, Western Suburbs, Wynnum-Manly and University of Queensland.
On Sunday the Lord’s Taverners One-Day Competition continued with victories to Northern Suburbs, Sunshine Coast, Redlands, South Brisbane, University of Queensland, Western Suburbs and Gold Coast. The Under-16 competition produced plenty of quality performances, highlighted by Northern Suburbs allrounder Fergus McFadyen who claimed 4-41 and then guided his side home with the bat (90* off 91 balls).
Kookaburra First Grade One Day fixtures continue with Round 3 on Saturday 18th September, along with the opening two rounds of the Katherine Raymont Shield T20 Competition and Lord’s Taverners One Day Competition on Sunday 19th September. Sunday also sees the opening round of the Jodie Fields Shield (Women’s Second Grade), who start the season with One Day fixtures.
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