Whilst there was a change in format, nothing stopped the power-hitting of the Sunshine Coast Scorchers who amassed 8/491 against Toombul at Ken Mackay Oval. Scorchers #3 Josh Matthews took up the pace early with 109 off 128 balls, before the destructive Blake Maher (123 off 99 balls) combined with opener Harry Clark-Burnham (112 off 215 balls, a maiden First Grade ton) for a 198-run third wicket partnership.
Out at Peter Burge Oval, South Brisbane’s opener Aryan Jain continued his big summer, (coming off twin Second XI centuries last month), with 112 as he helped the Magpies to 7/284 against Redlands.
The in-form Gold Coast Dolphins produced a strong performance with the ball, dismissing Sandgate-Redcliffe for 172, thanks to a maiden First Grade five-for from Jackson Smith (5/35). In reply the Dolphins are 1/14 going into Day 2.
It was a hard slog out at Peter Easton Oval, with Western Suburbs reaching 3/234 at the end of Day 1 as Steve McGiffin brought up his century (104* off 229 balls) and well supported by Sam Truloff (71) who was chasing a fourth consecutive red-ball hundred.
Out at Baxter Oval the game is evenly poised at the end of Day 1, with University of QLD being bowled out late for 250. With the bat it was University’s Jack Clayton (96) and Jano Coetzee (70) who led the way, but with the Hornets producing a strong team bowling performance as well (Adam Smith 4/50 and Sean Lutter 4/33).
Unfortunately wet weather forced Day 1 to be abandoned at Bill Albury Oval in the fixture between Wynnum-Manly and Northern Suburbs, with the second week reverting to an Unscheduled One Day match.
On Sunday in the Katherine Raymont Shield it was the final weekend of T20 fixtures, with teams jostling to make the Top-4 and secure vital placings for Semi Finals.
University of QLD continued their dominant form as they claimed two-from-two victories to finish as the top seed. In the morning game, the Students were too good for Ipswich as Ruby Strange (31 off 32) and Lucinda Jensen (27 off 38) helped the students to 9/106, before Emmie Blamey’s 3/10 and five runouts helped dismiss the Hornets for a total of 74.
In the afternoon game, Charli Knott’s 55 helped the Students to 8/128 against Sunshine Coast (Charlotte Briggs 3/16) which was too much as Blamey (2/13) and Strange (2/16) continued with their form.
Sandgate-Redcliffe were the other side to finish well with two-from-two victories, as they were able to leapfrog into second place for the Semi Finals.
The morning game was an absolute thriller against defending T20 premiers Western Suburbs, with the winning two runs coming off the final ball from the bat of Zoe Valencic.
Earlier in the game, Holly Ferling’s 41 had helped Western Suburbs to 7/105 off the 20 overs with Gators Rebecca Kuiters claiming 3/21.
Tight Western Suburbs bowling from the big names of Ferling, Dixon, Sims and Harris took it right to the end, before the Gators triumphed in a vital win.
In the afternoon, the Gators were too good for the Gold Coast Dolphins (Courtney Sippel 56*) as openers Tess Cooper (27) and Georgia Voll (45) made light work of chasing the total of 100.
Western Suburbs were able to bounce back in the afternoon against Valley, claiming a win to put them into third place.
A Grace Harris innings of 78 off 55 balls helped Wests to 5/138 (Jess Jonassen 3/20), before the likes of Holly Ferling (3/16), Meagan Dixon (3/11) and Harris (2/13) dismissed the home side for 69 in a resounding victory.
The Sunshine Coast Scorchers also claimed a vital morning victory over Wynnum-Manly/Redlands to sneak into the Top-4 and qualify for the T20 finals in their second season in the top grade.
The Semi Finals will be played on Friday 14th January, with University of QLD taking on Sunshine Coast, along with Sandgate-Redcliffe matching up against Western Suburbs. The Grand Final will then be played on Sunday 16th January.
In the Jodie Fields Shield, the T20 fixtures continued with the week’s weather unfortunately washing out all three fields worth of games scheduled at Wynnum-Manly.
Elsewhere Valley and Gold Coast made the most out of the fixtures up at Ivor Marsden, walking away with wins in both fixtures. A couple of stellar individual bowling performances stood out across the weekend, with Western Suburbs Ayaka Stafford taking 5/8 and Valley’s Kara Pearce claiming 4/6.
It was great to launch the Paul Pink Shield (Under-15) T20 competition for 2021-22 on the weekend, with victories recorded by University of QLD, Western Suburbs, Gold Coast, Wynnum-Manly and Ipswich.
On Sunday it was also time for more Finals cricket in the KFC QLD Premier Cricket Competition as Men’s First and Second Grade rolled into their T20 Semi Finals.
Up on the Sunshine Coast, the Scorchers First Grade side progressed through over Ipswich due to a match abandoned from weather.
In the other First Grade Semi Final, the defending T20 premiers Gold Coast showed their white ball prowess in a dominant victory over Wynnum-Manly at Bill Pippen Oval.
Batting first the Dolphins reached 2/189, with runs to Callum Taylor (85* off 55 balls) and young Brisbane Heat recruit Hugo Burdon (79 off 45 balls). Dolphins quick Jackson Smith continued his great weekend, claiming 4/17 as the youthful Sea Eagles were bowled out for 99.
It will be a battle of the Coasts on Sunday 19th December at the Gabba, with Sunshine Coast taking on Gold Coast for the Tom Veivers Cup (12.15pm start).
In Men’s Second Grade, the Sunshine Coast Scorchers made it a club double as they progressed through to the Grand Final with a win against Valley.
The other Semi Final saw University of QLD being too strong for Toombul. The Men’s Second Grade T20 Grand Final will also take place on Sunday 19th December, hosted at Toombul’s Ken Mackay Oval (10am start).
The coming weekend will see the conclusion of Men’s First and Second Grade two-day round on Saturday, along with One Day fixtures in Third to Sixth Grade, then on Sunday there is the huge climax of the Men’s First and Second Grade T20 competitions, as well as more Paul Pink Shield fixtures before the KFC QLD Premier Cricket competition breaks for Christmas.
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