Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

City's Facilities Need to Meet Higher Standards; First Class Improvement Essential at Ivor Marsden

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

City's Facilities Need to Meet Higher Standards; First Class Improvement Essential at Ivor Marsden

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IF THE Ivor Marsden Sports Complex is to be the home of Ipswich cricket, it must be improved to a standard comparable with other first class cricket centres.

If Ipswich cricket wants to be recognised as a player in the big arena and ultimately hopes to compete in the Brisbane competition, the standard of wickets and playing fields needs upgrading.

This weekend, Ipswich showcases its facilities to the best country cricket talent in South Queensland.

Any negative comment or feedback from the visitors will have a detrimental affect on the chances of Ipswich cricket moving forward.

Currently, work on the fields and on the wickets is a joint venture between the Ipswich City Council and the Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association.

An immediate, all-out effort is needed by both parties to make the Baxter Oval and Marsden No.1 field the two showcase fields at the complex.

The upgrading of the other fields would be an ongoing project. This means getting the right equipment to mow the fields for cricket, not just to keep the grass down. It means preparing first class wickets to give batsmen a chance to build an innings.

The mowing is done by council work gangs while the wickets are prepared and maintained by volunteer club curators.

The mowing should not be a problem if the right mower settings are used.

There are a number of cricket fields in South East Queensland to look at if unsure of what a cricket field should look like.

The wicket curators need assistance. Whether this is voluntary or paid for, it is something for the clubs to determine in conjunction with Ipswich cricket.

DON'T write off the Webb Shield and Plunkett Cup teams after last week's losses. There is enough talent in both teams to bounce back and win matches.

The Webb players were on top early when they had Gold Coast 5-30 after excellent line and length bowling by Jarrod Bichel and Kev Cumming.

It was only an innings from experienced batsmen Sean Fitzsimmons that steadied the ship and saw Coast reach 142. …

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